Michael Levitt is Professor of Structural Biology at Stanford University, and has been since 1987. In 2013 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on modelling complex chemical systems. Levitt was one of the first researchers to conduct molecular dynamics simulations of DNA and proteins, developing the first software for this now crucial process.
He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2001, the National Academy of Sciences in 2002 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2010. His influence in international science is exemplified by such awards, his influence in recent Covid discourse has come from his interestingly different take on the epidemic, which he comes to HowTheLightGetsIn to share.