“Chemists used to create models of molecules using plastic balls and sticks. Today, the modelling is carried out in computers,” the Royal Swedish Academy said in its announcement. The three scientists “laid the foundation for the powerful programs that are used to understand and predict chemical processes. Computer models mirroring real life have become crucial for most advances made in chemistry today.”
Nice to note that two of this amazing
trio (Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel) are proud to be Israelis (Warshel was
born here, levitt, immigrated and spent 3 years at the Weizmann Institute,
before going on to US). Less nice is to note that Israeli academia can't compete
with rich American universities in attracting the best of the best. Brain drain
is our toughest intellectual challenge, but we're immensely proud nevertheless.