Dorothy Hodgkin: A Life

Dorothy Hodgkin A Life A biography of Britain s only female Nobel Prize winning scientist a crystallographer who was also an active peace campaigner and mover through the highest levels of the British establishment

  • Title: Dorothy Hodgkin: A Life
  • Author: Georgina Ferry
  • ISBN: 9781862071674
  • Page: 465
  • Format: Unknown Binding
  • A biography of Britain s only female Nobel Prize winning scientist, a crystallographer who was also an active peace campaigner and mover through the highest levels of the British establishment.

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    1. Google Doodle from 12 May 2014 to celebrate Dorothy Hodgkin's 104th birthdayIn the same way that I always find etymology crucial when learning a new language, I need historical context when I study sciences. I always want to know: why was this considered important, and how did we acquire this information? So books like this, which trace the history of a discipline as well as a life, are to me extremely rewarding. I knew nothing about Dorothy Hodgkin before reading this and little about her field [...]

    2. Dorothy Hodgkin was an incredible scientist, one of the founders of the field of protein crystallography. Using cutting edge techniques, she discovered the structures of insulin, penicillin, and vitamin B12. She was awarded the Nobel prize for this work and remains the only British women to have received this honor (c'mon, Nobel prize committee, do better!). She also worked hard to create an international community of scientists and her protegees continue to make important discoveries around the [...]

    3. This excellent and very readable biography of eminent scientist Dorothy Hodgkin manages to make her come alive as a person and also manages to make the complex science approachable – although my non-scientific brain did struggle quite a lot. (My fault, not the book’s.) At least now I can at least pretend to know a little about crystallography. Hodgkin led an extremely interesting life, both within and without the purely scientific arena, and Georgina Ferry’s detailed and meticulous researc [...]

    4. Thoroughly enjoyable and detailed narrative of a fascinating, thoughtful, and complex person - but for all that, someone you (and I) probably would have loved to meet. It was hard not to compare my lack of achievements to her indomitable thirst for progress, but I console myself with all of the history of science I used to not know that now I do, so painlessly.

    5. Biography of Dorothy H. only woman to have won a Nobel Prize who is British (still to date!) geography of Africa, some of Europe other than Great Britian, U.S China, Russia--mainly London and surrounding area discussed in her adventures of penicillin, insulin and B12 structure determination and family life

    6. Brilliant book about the British Scientist Dorothy Hodgkin winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for her work in the field of penicillin, VB12 and Insulin, how her name is well known throughout the world, how she gave money to third world scientists and an outstanding woman in her own right. A very educational book and I learned a lot.

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