Oral history of British science

Perutz, Max (Part 16 of 19). National Life Stories Collection: General

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  • Subjects

    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 16: MP talks about his latest work and discoveries on amyloid fibres important in diseases like Parkinson's, Alzheimer's etc. He explains that he is dealing with 3 different structures, explains differences. Comments on habit of discussing things with colleagues before he publishes anything he has written. MP discusses his way of working and is happy to still have the stamina. Discussion on the possibility of republishing 'Is Science Necessary'. Back to review of last interview. MP was elected in 1954 to Royal Society; explains the work which made him eligible; conversation with Bragg on the subject. The importance of attachments of heavy atoms in molecules and how it applied to his work with haemoglobin in 1952-3.

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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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