The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2013

## The computer — your Virgil in the world of atoms

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2013 to

Martin Karplus
Université de Strasbourg, France and Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

Michael Levitt
Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA


Arieh Warshel
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA

“for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems”

Also, for those who may not know, the Karplus group at Harvard

developed CHARMM, the granddaddy of all bio-molecular
MD codes.

I believe this was just the 2nd chemistry Nobel to focus on computation,
after the Kohn & Pople one in the late 90s.


I wonder if Parinello was ever short-listed. At least on the personal level his contributions are much present than those of the last two authors.


This week there are about maybe a dozen or so justifiably miffed
pioneers of molecular simulation still alive. There are probably ten
or a hundred times that many who are merely unjustifiably miffed.