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Klug, Aaron (Part 6 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 did M.Sc in 1 year, project to solve structure of small organic crystal using x-ray crystallography. Published paper in Nature at age of 20. He enjoyed rock-climbing, describes details, watching "rock rabbits", and about other climbers. AK talks about his future wife, music student, also in Jewish Youth Movement. It was a most carefree time, talks about other Cape Town friends between 1946 - 1949. He married in 1948, thought of going to Palestine but went to Cambridge in 1949. More about Cape Town University. In 1948 the National Party came to power, Smuts lost seat. More about students' discussions and his other interests like poetry, philosophy etc. More about his wife and his brother. IN 1947 AK stayed on as junior lecturer to medical and nursing students. More about different students and their views, talks about a close friend who was Rhodesian. AK started PhD project - explains problems and about papers he published. Got scholarship to Cambridge. Explains about a paper he wrote which had error in it but was only later discovered. He got 1851 Exhibition Scholarship to England and went to Cambridge in Sept. 49. Lived in Cambridge but his wife in London due to dancing school there. In 1950 they went to Israel on student tour, his brother there. Went to Weizman Institute but was turned down by Bergman - end of his plans to go there - explains.

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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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