M2 PRESSWIRE-August 19, 2019-: 2019 Max Perutz
Science Writing Award shortlist announced
Charles Darwin was awarded the medal in 1853 and the last Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge (of which Sir John was master from 1993-2002), to receive the prize was Max Perutz
in 1971 for his work on haemoglobin.
The stunning pioneering work carried out at the Medical Research Council's Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England, not only revealed the structural basis of DNA's amazing replicative properties--the famous Watson and Crick DNA structure (Watson & Crick, 1953), but also produced the first examples of the three-dimensional structures of protein molecules with truly legendary work by John Kendrew (1958) and Max Perutz
Others featured are footballer and manager Joe Mercer, economist Barbara Ward, special operations executive agent Noorunissa Inayat Khan, Nobel laureate Max Perutz
, broadcaster Roy Plomley, writer Joan Littlewood and graphic designer Abram Games.
The 1962 Nobel Prize in chemistry went to John Kendrew and Max Perutz
"for their studies of the structures of globular proteins." In the same year, the prize in physiology and medicine went to Francis Crick, James Watson, and Maurice Wilkins "for their discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material
He also assisted glaciologist Gerald Seligman and crystallographer Max Perutz
, who were studying the transformation of snow into glacier ice near Grindelwald, until he broke his ankle in a skiing accident.
The pace of such work has definitely speeded up over the years, from the time when it took Max Perutz
30 years to work out the structure of hemoglobin, a protein with a quaternary structure (Ferry, 2007).