VILNIUS - Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevicius sent a letter to Litvak Michael Levitt, congratulating him on winning the 2013 Nobel Prize in chemistry, reports ELTA. The minister invited Levitt, whose family came from Plunge, to Lithuania.
“I would like to extend to you my sincere greetings for receiving the 2013 Nobel Prize in chemistry - the highest science award of humankind. As the roots of your noble family lie in Lithuania, we are very proud of your lifetime achievements. Let me extend to you my highest admiration for your honest appreciation of your ties with Lithuania. I would like to stress that the cherishing and memorializing of the Litvak heritage is the fundamental element in creating Lithuania’s future and development of Israel-Lithuania relations,” Linkevicius wrote in his letter.
Levitt is a biophysicist and a professor of structural biology at Stanford University. On Oct. 9, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced that Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel were the winners of the 2013 Nobel Prize in chemistry for laying the foundation for the computer models used to understand and predict chemical processes.