#2426 Overall Influence

Michael Levitt

Biophysicist and Professor of Structural biology


Why is this person notable and influential?

Levitt is Professor of Structural Biology at Stanford University. He is also known as a biophysicist. Levitt is widely recognized for his research in chemistry, winning the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2013 (along with colleagues Martin Karplus and Arieh Warshel). He initially studied mathematics and physics, earning his bachelor’s degree in Physics in King’s College London in 1967. He received his Ph.D. in Computational Biology at the University of Cambridge, England.

Levitt is known for being one of the first to develop “molecular dynamics” simulations of DNA and proteins using computation. He is currently working on developing predictive methods for macromolecular structures, known as macromolecular structure validation.

Levitt has served on the scientific advisory boards of numerous companies, including Dupont Merck Pharmaceuticals and 3D Pharmaceuticals. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 2001. In 2002, he became a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and he received the DeLano Award for Computational Biosciences in 2014.

Academic Website

From Wikipedia

Michael Levitt, is a South African-born Jewish biophysicist and a professor of structural biology at Stanford University, a position he has held since 1987. Levitt received the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, together with Martin Karplus and Arieh Warshel, for "the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems".

Source: Wikipedia

Other Resources


What schools is this person affiliated with?

Weizmann Institute of Science

Public research university in Rehovot, Israel

University of Cambridge

Collegiate public research university in Cambridge, England, United Kingdom

Stanford University

Private research university located in Stanford, California, United States

Influence Rankings by Discipline

How’s this person influential?
#133 World Rank
#186 World Rank
#725 World Rank
#747 World Rank