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Perutz, Max (Part 10 of 19). National Life Stories Collection: General

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    Molecular Biology

  • Recording date

    2001-06-30, 2001-08-18, 2001-09-15, 2001-10-06, 2001-10-27, 2001-11-29, 2001-12-08

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's home, Cambridge, UK

  • Interviewees

    Perutz, Max, 1914-2001 (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Thompson, Katherine, (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 10: MP talks about his article 'Enemy Alien' which was first published in the New Yorker and covers his life in camp. He says it made him'famous' and also leed to a large and varied correspondence from all over the world. He talks at kength about correspondence with Mr. Pickerskill(??) from Canada, the results from this correspondence and later friendship. MP now describes how he met his wife in Cambridge at the office of 'The Society for Protection in Science and Learning' - and why he was there. The friendship and later marriage (after 6 months) to Gisella. Small wedding was in Cambridge. More about Gisella's life and occupation. MP's scholarship was kept for him until he returned from camp. After marriage MP found flat in old vicarage in Thompson's house - describes flat, and daughter was born in 1944. More about MP's fater and the job he did. In 1942 MP was summoned to London to meet a MR. Pike to help with a specific job involving work withice - and why the idea did not work out - all written up in article in his book. His return to Cambridge for haemoglobin work. More about their happy and sociable life in the flat and also about the difficulties due to primitive equipment. More about the flat and the strange neighbours to the house. After 7 years they had to move due to arrival of another child. Difficulties of finding money for house and generous loan from landlord.

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    Nobel Prize-winning molecular biologist and author Max Perutz is interviewed about his life and work. Mentor to James Watson, co-discoverer of DNA, Perutz died before this interview could be completed.

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    Visit this interviewee's page on the 'Voices of Science' web resource

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