Amazing innovations among Nobel Prize awardees

Hillier Ignite knows it’s not the only award presenter in the world of technology and innovation — this week marked the various awards for the Nobel Prize. We were most interested in the Nobel Prize for Chemistry, which was awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm not to chemists, but three American computer scientists, for their work analyzing the work of molecules in chemical reactions such as photosynthesis through numerical simulations.

The New York Times expands on that:

Martin Karplus, 83, of the University of Strasbourg in France and Harvard University; Michael Levitt, 66, of Stanford University; and Arieh Warshel, 72, of the University of Southern California, share the honor and the approximately $1.2 million that accompanies it. Their computer programs use the classical laws of motion dating from Newton to track the movement of a multitude of atoms, and quantum physics to describe the breaking and forming of chemical bonds.

Three Americans also won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine on Monday for discovering the mechanics that monitors how cells transport major molecules in a cargo system that delivers them to the right place at the right time:

The Karolinska Institute in Stockholm announced the winners: James E. Rothman, 62, of Yale University; Randy W. Schekman, 64, of the University of California, Berkeley; and Dr. Thomas C. Südhof, 57, of Stanford University. Their basic research solved the mystery of how cells, which are factories producing molecules, organize a system to transport the molecules within cells and export them outside.

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