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Nobel Prize Announcements: Wednesday Chemistry – Theoretical Winners

2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

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”.

Nobel is 1:23 from the announcement.  Of course, yesterday was delayed.  


Did someone not answer their phone?  

Ian Tracey is head of @CERN UK – he shared this photo of a panel being ignored because their audience was waiting for the Nobel announcement.  Which is delayed a bit longer.  


Best new hashtag is FakeNobelDelayReasons


Early speculation is it will be Peter Higgs.  Or a combination of Higgs and the experimentalists at CERN.  Or a lot of people will be left out.  Or no one will be happy. There is concern about giving due credit, and not diluting the prize.  Etc.#twittersummary

@upulie shares some other possible contenders.  


Cellular Transport Mechanisms, basic science research.  

aww heck, just go read her twitter stream:  An enthusiastic scientist

And here’s the official site:  Nobel Prize dot org

Tomorrow is Physics.  


  1. jlms qkw

    the choice seemed obvious.  Higgs could be the Einstein of our century.  i did see one tweet that it might be too obvious and the academy may feel contrary.  but i thought how could the academy blow this one?  

    there was speculation the prize would be diluted by recognizing all of the experimentalists.  the academy side-stepped this cleverly by recognizing a second theoretician.  very good, academy!  

    is Malala on tour this week in anticipation of anything?  

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