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Klug, Aaron (Part 9 of 31). National Life Stories Collection: General

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:31:26

  • Shelf mark

    C464/31

  • 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 his arrival in England which was no culture shock due to his upbringing in English schools, the Colonial experience, familiarity from radio with events in England, read about English history, knew lay-out of London from watching coronation routes etc. Mentions rationing in England at the time, living in house of Dr. Fuchs of South Pole fame. Talk about being Jewish and one incident of anti-Semitism in school. Familiar with British tradition from reading literature. Explains his loyalty to South Africa as Dominion of British Commonwealth - being 'white' in S.A. was 'upper class'. But AK was liberal but found no contradiction in being Jewish and South African and British. There was no anti-Semitism in Cambridge, but joined Jewish student society and went to lectures of many different subjects. More about AK's wife. She did not feel quite as at home as he did - more about his wife's father and how he affected his wife's upbringing. The difficulty of life in their flat in Chalk farm where son was born and his wife's isolation and homesickness. AK had digs in Cambridge. AK talks about intention to go to the States but did not get visa due to ex 'communist' connections. AK talks more about his wife's parents. AK describes visit to Israel with his wife from England and description of journey.

  • Description

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

  • Related links

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

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