NERSCPowering Scientific Discovery for 50 Years


NERSC's core mission is to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery. NERSC and its thousands of users actively contribute to all fields of energy-related science in which computation and data analysis play a central role. NERSC is cited in around 2,000 refereed scientific publications each year. A sample of science articles is at Science News and science presentations can be found at Science Highlights Presentations. On these pages, we present some highlights from our users and describe some of the ways NERSC gathers requirements for science and recognizes its users’ accomplishments.

Nobel Prize-Winning Research

NERSC has supported the work of six Nobel Prize-winning researchers and teams.

  • 2017 Chemistry: Joachim Frank "for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution" [MORE]
  • 2015 Physics: SNO Collaboration "for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass" [MORE]
  • 2013 Chemistry: Martin Karplus "for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems" [MORE]
  • 2011 Physics: Saul Perlmutter "for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe through observations of distant supernovae" [MORE]
  • 2007 Peace: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change "for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change"
  • 2006 Physics: George Smoot "for the discovery of the blackbody form and anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation" [MORE]