Michael Levitt, 76, is a South African-born biophysicist and a professor of structural biology at Stanford University, a position he has held since 1987. (Levitt holds South African, American, British, and Israeli citizenships.) He received the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, together with Martin Karplus and Arieh Warshel (both Jewish), for “the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems.”
Levitt was one of the first researchers to conduct molecular dynamics simulations of DNA and proteins; he developed the first software for this purpose. In 2018, he was a founding co-editor of the Annual Review of Biomedical Data Science.
In recent years, Levitt became controversial because of some of his statements regarding the COVID epidemic, which many thought were wrong-headed and dangerously misleading.
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Quote: “It’s sort of nice in more general terms to see that computational science, computational biology is being recognized. It’s become a very large field, and it’s always in some ways been the poor sister, or the ugly sister, to experimental biology.”
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