On the morning of the 9th October 2013 at 2:16 AM the phone wakes Michael Levitt from his sleep. This is the beginning of a magical journey, due to him. He, Martin Karplus and Arieh Warshel are awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2013 for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems.
Michael Levitt is offered a position at the Salk Institute where he works with a VAX 11/780 on digital programming.
Michael Levitt begins to work with computers and gets a job at the Radiation Laboratory in Berkeley, California with the help of his aunt T. Alper.
Michael Levitt enters Cambridge and works under R. Diamond on computational structural biology. He is introduced to tRNA modelling by F. Crick, S. Brenner and A. Klug. Levitt receives his Ph.D. in 1971. He stays as a staff member until September 1972.
Michael Levitt moves with his family to Israel. He colaborates with A. Warshel on a coarse-grained model of a protein and postulates an electrostatic strain of lysozyme which can be modelled with a combination of quantum and classical mechanics.
Michael Levitt marries Rina, a visual artist and sculptor. They have three children.
Michael Levitt enters Pretoria University and studies Applied Mathematics.
Michael Levitt gets a permanent position at the Weizmann Institute in 1979 and collaborates with Ruth Sharon on the stimulation of protein molecular dynamics in a large box of explicit water molecules.
Michael Levitt is born in Pretoria in 1947.
Michael Levitt is obsessed with getting into Cambridge to do his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology under John Kendrew. After he is initially rejected he can persuade Max Perutz and Kendrew to offer him a position in 1968. In the meantime they send Levitt to the Weizmann Institute. There he collaborates with Arieh Warshel and writes a computer program which uses the consistent force field to calculate properties of any molecule. Furthermore they apply cartesian coordinate energy minimization to the two known protein x-ray strucutres.
Michael Levitt enters King's College London to study physics and mathematics. He is drawn by the stong tradition of the University in biophysics.
Michael Levitt enters Columbia University and collaborates with Jonathan Greer on the automatic identification of secondary structure in globular proteins.
Michael Levitt attends the Pretoria Boys High School. He is not particularly challenged and decides to matriculate earlier, in the age of 15.
Michael Levitt enters Stanford University and becomes involved in various private companies. He serves as the chair of the Department of Structural Biology from 1992 till 2004.
Michael Levitt moves to London for a Sabbatical year and works at Cambridge. He and his family enjoy a rather quiet time and decide to leave Israel for three years.
Michael Levitt wins a Blaise Pascal Sabbatical Chair in Paris where he works from 2003 to 2004.
Michael Levitt returns to Cambridge and works on the hybrid QM/MM force field. With the help of A. Warshel he relizes how to represent the surrounding water as Langevin dipoles.
Michael Levitt visits his relatives in London. He decides to stay there and enters Acton Technical College to prepare for University. Levitt enjoys watching the BBC TV lecture series "The Thread of Life" by John Kendrew which introduces him to molecular biology.