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Warshel, Karplus, Levitt Share 2013 Nobel For Chemistry

Warshel, Karplus, Levitt Share 2013 Nobel For Chemistry

Three Jewish scientists jointly won this year’s Nobel Prize for Chemistry, the Royal Swedish Academy announced on Wednesday, a day after it awarded the physics prize to two professors, one of whom is a Holocaust survivor.

The chemistry prize went to Arieh Warshel, an Israeli who teaches at the Universitiy of Southern California; Martin Karplus of the Universite de Strasbourg and Harvard and South-African born Michael Levitt, who teaches at Stanford.

They won the prize for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems, according to a statement by the Royal Swedish Academy.

Jewish Americans James Rothman of Yale and Randy Schekman of the University of California at Berkeley are sharing the prize for medicine with a German researcher.

JTA contributed to this report.

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