Thursday, October 10, 2013

2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Nobel prize winners for 2013

Martin Karplus, photo © Harvard University. Michael Levitt, photo: S. Fisch. Arieh Warshel, photo: Wikimedia Commons

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2013 was awarded jointly to Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel "for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems".

Two Israeli professors who currently live in the US won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry Wednesday, sharing the award with an Austrian-American Jewish professor.

Chemistry was the most important science for Alfred Nobel’s own work. The development of his inventions as well as the industrial processes he employed were based upon chemical knowledge. Chemistry was the second prize area that Nobel mentioned in his will.

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden.

Some facts about Chemistry Nobel Prizes:

105 Nobel Prizes in Chemistry have been awarded between 1901 and 2013.
63 Chemistry Prizes have been given to one Laureate only.
4 women have been awarded the Chemistry Prize so far.
1 person, Frederick Sanger, has been awarded the Chemistry Prize twice, in 1958 and in 1980.
35 years was the age of the youngest Chemistry Laureate ever, Frédéric Joliot, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1935.
85 years was the age of the oldest Chemistry Laureate, John B. Fenn, when he was awarded the Chemistry Prize in 2002.
57 is the average age of the Nobel Laureates in Chemistry the year they were awarded the prize.

Source: "The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2013 - Popular Information". Nobelprize.org. Nobel Media AB 2013. Web. 9 Oct 2013. 
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