Noble Prize 2013

Jacob Thomas, Danielle Song, Sidda Harsha

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"for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems"

Who won?

What did they do?

  • Created powerful programs on the computer that predicts chemical processes.
  • The computers are so accurate that they can predict the results of traditional experiments too.
  • Before, it was necessary to use quantum physics to predict these results, but this new advancement allowed chemical processes to be predicted for the first time without all the extra work that using quantum physics required.

Why did they win?

  • They allowed scientists to view chemical processes that could not be seen using classical chemistry processes.
  • It is groundbreaking because it managed to make Newton’s classical physics work side-by-side with the fundamentally different quantum physics.