Nobel winner spent five years on UI faculty

Fresh from a post-doctoral fellowship in Europe, Martin Karplus was looking to join a university where he could focus on his chemistry research.

That place would be the University of Illinois, where he would conduct work on an equation that is widely used by chemists today and make use of the early computer known as the Illiac to run calculations based on his equations. Karplus, who with Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry on Wednesday, was a UI faculty member from 1955 to 1960.

The three won the prize for developing computer models that researchers use to understand complex chemical interactions and create new drugs.

Karplus is the 11th Nobel Laureate to be affiliated with the UI's chemistry department and the fourth former faculty member in the department to receive the honor.

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