Winners Of Nobel Prize In Chemistry Announced

Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt, and Arieh Warshe are this year's winners of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2013.

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Chairman Sven Lidin (L-R), permanent secretary Staffan Normark and professor Gunnar Karlstrom of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announce the winners of the 2013 Nobel Prize for Chemistry at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm October 9, 2013.

Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt, and Arieh Warshe have all been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems."

The committee said that this year's prize was about "taking the chemical experiment to cyberspace" as Karplus, Levitt, and Warshel "laid the foundation" for the powerful computer programs that are used to understand and predict chemical processes.

The Nobel Foundation explained the significance of the three laureates' work, saying that chemists used to have to do their work using "plastic balls and sticks" and that their work essentially changed the way that chemists do their research and conduct experiments.

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