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Klug, Aaron (Part 4 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

    AK talks about getting his scholarship. More about their life, keen on sport, boxing, hitchhiking around countryside, experiences with baboons, jumping on trains. It was a good growing up without academic pressure. Holidays spent with parents, camping in conjunction with Jewish youth movement, about his adventures there, about job building latrines, about whaling and shark fishing. More about other bush animals and poisonous bush apples, eaten by monkeys. About termites and ants and games they played with them. Learning about nature. Walking amongst Zulu villages, describes the people and their dresses, about their farming and their way of life. AK was unaware of political movements but there were changes of laws in the country over the years. When in Johannesburg there was the chance to read everything he wanted - gives examples of his theoretical studies (chemistry). He did not work hard, was a quick learner, he sat in on all sorts of different courses. AK now talks about Rosalind Franklin and what she taught him. And his curiosity to find out how things work. But also had ideas about practical things and gives examples.

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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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