Nobel laureate Levitt did main work 'when he was 20'
STOCKHOLM (AFP) - One of the three winners of the Nobel Chemistry Prize, Dr Michael Levitt, said on Wednesday he was essentially awarded for work he did when he was 20 years old.
Dr Levitt, speaking from his California home, said he felt like he had a "triple espresso" after being informed that the prize was his for research done decades ago.
"I was doing work before my post doc when I was 20 years old to write a computer programme. I guess I wrote a pretty good programme," Dr Levitt, now 66, chuckled.
He said it was "essentially" this programme, written decades ago, that was being honoured with Wednesday's prize, but added that people continue to benefit to this day.