Oral history of British science

Klug, Aaron (Part 29 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 explains function of Royal Society. Talk about cuts in science during Mrs. Thatcher's time. Setting up scheme of research fellowships - explains reasons. Dorothy Hodgkin fellowship for women was set up before AK's time but he increased the numbers. Some talk about 'top-up' fees. Merit awards started in AK's time - explains. Talk about AK teaching at Peterhouse College. AK talks about the new building programme for the Royal Society which started during his time there. The Royal Society has a flat for use of the President in London. AK now talks about Israel, about his son who died there, his two grandchildren there which are a reason for his frequent travel to Israel. Now has 2 grandchildren in London, identical twins but with different personalities. More about their names and their differences. AK talks some more about his 2 sons, the older one was historian, emigrated to Israel in 1979. More about this son and his work and about Beersheba University. Talk about AK's wife who ran a University dance group in Cambridge and her later work as a psychotherapist.

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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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