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Klug, Aaron (Part 16 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

    This recording is a talk in connection with the 50th anniversary celebrations of the discovery of DNA. AK worked with and knew all the people involved in this work and has a major part in organising the celebrations in Cambridge and is giving the first lecture at the conference on 25th April 2003 in Cambridge. AK worked for 4 years with Rosalind Franklin, knew Crick and Watson, also Wilkins, Bragg, Pauling and others and therefore can give a detailed account of the complicated course of events to the discovery of DNA and the difficult relationships and tensions between the personalities involved. He explains how RF wanted to solve the problem by analytical means while Crick and Watson embarked on the model building technique. He also mentions the rivalries between Bragg and Pauling and the reasons for it.

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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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