The New Model

What the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry says about predictive sciences

By Adrian Stevens, Senior Manager, Accelrys Limited, Cambridge, UK.

The 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, announced on October 9, 2013, was awarded to Martin Karplus (Harvard), Michael Levitt (Stanford) and Arieh Warshel (University of Southern California), “for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems.” It recognized their work in bringing together classic Newtonian molecular mechanics and quantum mechanics methods to help scientists model large complex chemical systems and reactions. Given the magnitude of the achievement, this recognition was widely welcomed and, arguably, overdue.