Oral history of British science
Klug, Aaron (Part 7 of 31). National Life Stories Collection: General
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2002-10-29, 2002-11-03, 2002-11-20, 2002-11-27
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge
Klug, Aaron, 1926-, (speaker, male)
Thompson, Katherine (speaker, female)
AK talks about James, connection to Bragg, Perutz. Bragg wrote to James accepting AK to Cambridge, Trinity. AK explains 1851 Exhibition Scholarship. They left by boat to England, arrived in Cambridge, MRC unit supposedly full (AK explains his suspicions about that.). James suggested AK should see John Lennard Jones and D.R. Hartree - more talk about them. Hartree suggested a problem connected to steel production - AK explains problem to be looked at. AK decided to do it, it was useful work and he explains how he tackled it and what he found. He worked out model - did PhD thesis on phase transition, kinetics and rate of change. Learned useful techniques. But he decided to go back to x-ray structure of unusual materials. There was a fellowship by Nuffield at Birkbeck College and AK explains why he did not go to the States. He applied for Nuffield fellowship at Birkbeck - later joined Rosalind Franklin. He started x-ray analysis on virus structure. More about Rosalind Franklin at Birkbeck, she showed AK her work, he explains what he started to learn - became hooked on this work, worked with her for 4 years. He was the theoretician in the team; she was experimentalist - good team work. AK started experimental work. Talk about flat in London in Chalk Farm and first child born in 1954 (Adam).
Nobel Prize-winning chemist Aaron Klug in conversation about his life and work. Klug is most famous for his research into crystallographic electron microscopy.