10 Oct 2013

Nobel prize for chemistry won by computer chemical programme scientists

10:20 am on 10 October 2013

The Nobel prize for chemistry has been won by three scientists for their work in devising computer simulations to understand chemical processes.

The BBC reports that Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel laid the foundations for the development of computers to understand complex chemical processes from the purification of exhaust fumes to photosynthesis.

In doing so, they laid the foundations for new kinds of pharmaceuticals.