Oral history of British science

Klug, Aaron (Part 27 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 time as President of Royal Society. He was asked once before in 1990 but refused as at the time he was director of MRC lab. When asked a second time he considered it his duty to accept. AK explains the system at the Royal Society and explains some of the many problems encountered. AK explains the atmosphere at the R.S., some of the problems with staff and how he dealt with it and the gradual change. Talk about problem with privatisation of research, initiated by Mrs. Thatcher and how he extricated the MRC lab. From that AK talks about involvement in Government affairs and talks to ministers, involvement in other issues, e.g. Health Service. He explains some of the difficulties and also about involvement in international relations, in global warming, medical uses of cannabis, science policy and other problems. The issue of BSE as well as 'Dolly the sheep' were problems arising during his presidency.

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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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