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Klug, Aaron (Part 31 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

    More talk about the Middle East, suicide bombing, missile campaigns, and Arab mentality. AK got honorary degree from Jerusalem University and is on advisory board of some of the Institutes, mention of the many excellent Institutions and AK's involvement there and also in some of the Institutions in the States, special mention of Salk Institute. Mention of Cold Spring Harbour, best biological laboratory - comparisons to Cambridge. AK mentions his teaching for 23 years at Peterhouse which he enjoyed. At present he calls himself a "retired worker" - his main work with Zn fingers, -future of Zn fingers, explains how they work and how to be used in humans for treating arterial disease. To finish interview. Had interesting life, lucky to be able to do work he enjoys, to be in Cambridge lab. He intends to stay here but holidays in South Africa to see family. At present AK has 3 people in his research group, 2 post docs. And a technician (Ph.D.), working on mitochondria genes using Zn.fingers. AK can't imagine retiring but would like a bit more time for reading, ancient history, theatres, music.

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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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