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Klug, Aaron (Part 10 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 describes their travel on ship to Israel with Moroccans and people from displaced person camps. Arrival in Haifa. They went in small groups to a Kibbutz in Galilee where there were mostly Dutch people. They worked in fields with some Iraqi workers. More about life in the Kibbutz. Later they made a tour of the country, visit to Weizman Institute, got refusal to work there. More about Israel and visit to Negev. They stayed for 3 months; AK's brother was there, more about him. But they went back to Cambridge, AK worked for 1 year on colloidal chemistry - describes it. But wanted to work again on protein crystallography and therefore went to Birkbeck. Talk about Bernal and work in his physics department. He later met Rosalind Franklin and explains how he came to work with her on tobacco mosaic viruses. Explains differences of rod shaped and spherical viruses. Rosalind died in 1958. He describes their work and why they worked well together. AK explains how he got grant from National Institute of Health in the States when his other grant came to an end. AK explains why he was well suited for this work linked to biology. Talk about Watson and Crick and a paper he wrote with Crick in 1958. AK explains what was new in their discoveries - i.e. RNA infectious. More about relationship between Rosalind, Wilkins and others. AK started work on spherical viruses.

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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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