The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2013 was jointly awarded to Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel for “the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems.”
Chemists used to create models of molecules using plastic balls and sticks. Today, the modelling is carried out in computers. In the 1970s, Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel laid the foundation for the powerful programs that are used to understand and predict chemical processes. Computer models mirroring real life have become crucial for most advances made in chemistry today.