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Klug, Aaron (Part 3 of 31). National Life Stories Collection: General

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  • Subjects

    Biophysics; Chemistry

  • Recording date

    2002-10-29, 2002-11-03, 2002-11-20, 2002-11-27

  • Recording locations

    MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge

  • Interviewees

    Klug, Aaron, 1926-, (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Thompson, Katherine (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Talk about war time in South Africa, troops they saw, story about Indian officers and colour bar problems. AK was in O.T.C. - trained to go to Japan. About religion: AK joined Jewish scouts, was Zionist later, prepared to go to Israel by working on farms. More about local politics at the time - formation of National Party. AK was anti-communist At home they had only radio, not many books. Later he became friendly with Indian student - more about class system and how it worked, more about political thoughts around him. AK's interests in different subjects, not much social life, mainly sport in free time, also beach. In Johannesburg he studied first medicine, had interest in microbiology, later changed. First news of Warsaw Ghetto came in 1943/4. At university AK made his own curriculum, studied biochemistry, decided to do sciences. But he enjoyed dissecting. Explains how he became interested in general sciences. He switched to chemistry, physics and mathematics, AK talks about his mother dying when 6, about the aunt taking over and more about his father. AK got University scholarship at age 15, talks about his different interests, teaching himself hieroglyphs and interest in Egyptology.

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    Nobel Prize-winning chemist Aaron Klug in conversation about his life and work. Klug is most famous for his research into crystallographic electron microscopy.

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

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