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Klug, Aaron (Part 18 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 continution of the earlier talk in connection with the 50th anniversary celebrations of the discovery of DNA. More discussion about the stamps. AK wrote a letter about them to the Royal Mail and also to the Prime Minister, reminding the Prime Minister of the talk he is to give at the Royal Society about the importance of Science. AK explains why the stamps are anti-science and gives detailed description of a specially of a specially obnoxious one implying that scientists were 'reaching for the stars' and coming to a fall. The Post Office replied saying they were meant to be light hearted. The Prime Minister passed the letter on to Lord Sainsbury who agreed that the stamps were offensive, it was too late to stop them but promised to see to it that it did not happen again. Scientists were not consulted before printing the stamps. Apparently it was the Palace that agreed to them. AK thinks the advisors were adherents of the Greenpeace party. However AK thinks that one of the stamps, showing scientists doing a jigsaw puzzle was clever.

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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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