Royal award

Arieh Warshel of the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences receives the 2012 Soft Matter & Biophysical Chemistry Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry for the work he and his team does in pioneering computer simulations of the functions of biological molecules. Warshel's scientific interest was first piqued in the 1960s as a young kibbutznik studying chemistry at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, in Haifa when he asked himself just how do enzymes speed up chemical reactions? Warshel went on to develop the Empirical Valence Bond method (EVB) to capture the quantum mechanics of the asymptotic features of enzymatic reactions. Today, he is regarded as the founder of computational enzymology.