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Dorothy Hodgkin, patterns, the Nobel prize

Time/Date - 19:30 - 21:00, Tuesday 2 December 2014

What led to the exceptional success of Nobel Prize winner Dorothy Hodgkin, discoverer of the crystal structure of penicillin and insulin?
Insulin crystalsDorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1964 yet, half a century later, she is still the only British woman scientist to have been so honoured.

Her lifelong interest in natural and artificial patterns began in childhood, and led to a career analysing the arrangements of atoms in crystals of biologically-important molecules such as penicillin and insulin.

Hodgkin’s biographer Georgina Ferry discusses the many factors that led to her exceptional success.

Georgina Ferry
Science writer and broadcaster, Oxford

image: Insulin crystals
© NASA

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  • The lectures will take place on consecutive Tuesday evenings, from 7:30 to 9:00pm in the Lecture Theatre on the ground floor.
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What led to the exceptional success of Nobel Prize winner Dorothy Hodgkin, discoverer of the crystal structure of penicillin and insulin?

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