Oral history of British science

Klug, Aaron (Part 28 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 visits to Japan and China and his impressions in those countries. Also about India which has clever people but poor facilities More about China and science there, run on Russian lines and about Shanghai, a science city and the opinions expressed there. A visit to U.S.A. during election time - Kyoto influence. AK talks about discussions on patenting genes, battles with Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth. AK was on the council of the Royal Society in 1990 during discussion on embryo research, he explains the 14 day rule on embryos. Talk about stem cells, during his last year as President produced report on stem cell research which led to the Bill going through Parliament. More talk about other events during his Presidency, the meeting of many interesting people, heads of companies, the Queen, Princess Ann and Prince Charles and Prince Phillip and some of his conversations and impressions and about his Farewell Dinner. The story of the Queens Mother's 100s birthday lunch at the R.S. AK talks about fundraising activities, people who came and suggestions of projects. - independence from Government!

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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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