Nobel Prize Winner Michael Levitt
STANFORD, CA (BCN) - Michael Levitt, a professor at the Sanford University in Palo Alto named a winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry Wednesday, said he attributed his success "to a lot of hard work and perseverance."
Levitt won the Nobel Prize with two others for using computers to analyze the structures of biological molecules to understand how they work as a first step in designing drugs, according to Stanford Report, a university online news magazine.
Levitt, 66, said he heard about winning the prize during a surprise 1 a.m. phone call from a Nobel award official, whose call was forwarded to Levitt's cell phone from his Skype account.
"What has really excited me about my scientific career is that you get to do what you really like," Levitt said at a news conference held this morning at Stanford, where he is a researcher and teacher.
Levitt, a professor of structural biology at Stanford University's School of Medicine, shared the prize and its $1.2 million purse with Marvin Karplus of Harvard and the University of Strasbourg in France and Arieh Warshel of the University of Southern California.
He recalled his early work with computers in the 1960s at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and other research he did in Israel and at Cambridge, England, where received his doctorate.
While studying at Cambridge and in trips to Israel, he and others "laid out the basis for computational biology," Levitt said. "Computers have not been sufficiently appreciated in biology,"
He credited his winning the prize to "like many things, a lot of hard work and perseverance, and it's really important not to give up, it's really important to be stubborn."
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