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Architects of Structural Biology: Bragg, Perutz, Kendrew, Hodgkin

John Meurig Thomas


Designed for the non-specialist, the explanations and illustrations used here describe the work, personalities, collaborations, and idiosyncrasies of four of the most distinguished Nobel Laureates of the twentieth century. They exploited a discovery made over a century ago about the nature of X-rays, and thereby created a new branch of science. This enabled them to elucidate, in atomic detail, the structure and mode of action of molecules of the living world: enzymes, vitamins, and viruses, as well as antibiotics. Perutz and Kendrew, from their pioneering work using X-ray diffraction on haemog ... More

Keywords: proteins, haemoglobin, Bernal, Pauling, Royal Institution, rivalry, chemistry of life, how science advances, X-rays, electrons, history of ideas

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198854500
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198854500.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Meurig Thomas, author
Former Director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain and the Davy-Faraday Research Laboratory, London, and former Master of Peterhouse, and Head of the Department of Physical Chemistry and Professorial Fellow of King's College, University of Cambridge,, University of Cambridge