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Max Perutz And The Secret Of Life By Georgina Ferry

Max Perutz And The Secret Of Life
by Georgina Ferry

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Born in Vienna, Jewish by descent, lapsed Catholic by religion, Max Perutz came to Cambridge in 1936, to join the lab of the legendary Communist thinker J D Bernal. There he began to explore the structures of the protein molecules that hold the secret of life. This biography has the zest of an adventure novel and contains different characters.
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Max Perutz And The Secret Of Life Summary


Max Perutz And The Secret Of Life by Georgina Ferry

Few scientists have thought more deeply about their calling and its impact on humanity than Max Perutz (1914-2002). In 1947, he founded the small Cambridge research group in which Francis Crick and James Watson discovered the structure of DNA: under his leadership it grew to become the world-famous Laboratory for Molecular Biology. Max himself explored the protein haemoglobin which won him a shared Nobel Prize in 1962, the same year as Crick and Watson. The work of his amazing team launched a new era of medicine, heralding today's astonishing advances in the genetic basis of disease. Born in Vienna, Jewish by descent, lapsed Catholic by religion, Max came to Cambridge in 1936, to join the lab of the legendary Communist thinker J.D. Bernal. There he began to explore the structures of the protein molecules that hold the secret of life. In 1940, he was interned and deported to Canada as an enemy alien, only to be brought back and set to work on a bizarre top secret war project. Max Perutz's story brims with life. This biography has the zest of an adventure novel and is full of extraordinary characters. Max was demanding, passionate and driven but also humorous, compassionate and loving. Small in stature, he became a fearless mountain climber; drawing on his own experience as a refugee, he argued fearlessly for human rights; he could be ruthless but had a talent for friendship. An articulate and engaging advocate of science, he found new problems to engage his imagination until weeks before he died aged 88.

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About Georgina Ferry


Georgina Ferry is a former staff editor on New Scientist, and contributor to Radio 4's Science Now . Her books include the acclaimed biography Dorothy Hodgkin: A Life (1998); The Common Thread (2002, with Sir John Sulston) and A Computer called LEO (2003). She lives in Oxford.

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GOR003599674
Max Perutz And The Secret Of Life by Georgina Ferry
Georgina Ferry
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Vintage Publishing
2007-07-05
368
0701176954
9780701176952
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