Michael Levitt
  • 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry


Member of the United States National Academy of Sciences and professor at Stanford University.
In 2013, He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for "the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems".

Education and Work Experience

1967, B.S. in Physics, King's College London
1971, Ph.D. in Physics, Cambridge University
1979-1987, Associate Professor, Professor of Department of Chemical Physics, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
1987-Present, Professor of Department of structural Biology, Stanford University School of Medicine

Honors and Awards

2001, Fellow of the Royal Society
2002, Member of the United States National Academy of Sciences
2010, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
2013, Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Major Academic Achievements

With the rapid development of theoretical calculation methods and high-performance calculations, computing has become the third important pillar of scientific research after experiments and theories, and the importance of computational simulation can be comparable to that of experiments and theories. High performance computing provides a third path beyond experiment and theory for scientific discovery. As a pioneer in computational biology, Professor Levitt combines Newtonian classical physics with modern quantum physics, thus opening up a new research field. He has made great achievements in the development of multiscale computing methods, complex chemical and biological system simulation, and exploration of biomolecules.