Arieh Warshel

Arieh Warshel ( born November 20, 1940 in Sde Nahum, Israel) is an Israeli- American chemist and university teacher. On October 9, 2013, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry was shared with Martin Karplus and Michael Levitt "for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems " granted.

Training and research topics

Warshel was born in Kibbutz Sde Nahum and studied after military service from 1958 to 1962 ( last in the rank of captain ) 1962 Chemistry at the Technion in Haifa with a bachelor 's degree in 1966 and her Master's degree at the Weizmann Institute of Science in 1967. He 1969 PhD in Shneior Lifson at the Weizmann Institute in physical chemistry. As a post - graduate student, he was from 1970 to 1972 at Harvard University. Then he was back at the Weizmann institute. 1974-1976 he worked as an EMBO Fellow visiting scientist at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge. In 1976 he was Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California, 1979 Associate Professor and in 1984 Professor of Chemistry. In 1991 he became professor of chemistry and biochemistry and 2011 Distinguished Professor.

He developed with staff procedures and programs for the computer simulation of particular protein functions and enzyme catalysis in biology. He has worked in the 1970s with the co- recipient of the Nobel Prize Michael Levitt together. He developed the Empirical Valence Bond method ( EVB ) for the description of chemical reactions in complex environments (solutions, polymers), with whom he also succeeded processes involved in enzyme catalysis to describe him with employees who play very quickly (in milliseconds).

1978 to 1980 he was a Sloan Fellow. In 2000 he became a Fellow of the Biophysical Society, 2008 Royal Society of Chemistry and 2009, the National Academy of Sciences. In 2003 he received the Tolman Award.

He has the Israeli and U.S. citizenship. He has been married since 1966 and has two daughters.


  • Computer Modeling of Chemical Reactions in Enzymes and Solutions, Wiley 1991, 1997
  • Jan Florián The empirial valence bond ( EVB ) method, Encyclopedia of Computational Chemistry, Wiley 2004
  • With Shina Kamerlin The empirical valence bond model: theory and applications, Computational Molecular Science, 1, 2011, 30-45