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Klug, Aaron (Part 13 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 his visit to the USA had a Rockefeller Travelling Fellowship - in 1959. Went for 6 weeks, talks about places he went to and lectures he gave on virus structure - meeting Caspar and about his work. In 1960 he was offered chair at John Hopkins - came over with his wife and child, met Crick who told him to join MRC in Cambridge - was tempted back to England, gives reasons. More about USA, meeting Pauling, reasons for not accepting USA job. Travelled through USA by train, what he liked about America, Visit to MIT and other reasons why he was not tempted by USA and why Cambridge preferable. Had more different offers later on but did not take them up. His wife would have liked it there - explains. More about American science. Structural molecular biology was created by AK and Huxley though they had different subjects but used same methods. About advantages of working at MRC lab. AK returned to South Africa in 1961, did some work in Cape Town. His parents came over to UK in 1957 on way to USA. Parents shocked at their living conditions. More about AK's life in London, their holidays, intellectual circle of friends but simple life. Mentions theatres he saw and books he read and why he stopped reading the Guardian and New Statesman (recording cut off).

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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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