Shortly after I was born he emigrated to Durban, where members of my mother’s family had settled at the turn of the century, and the rest of the family followed soon thereafter.
In the course of my stay there, I also showed how one could analyse the experimental kinetic curves for the reaction of haemoglobin with carbon dioxide or oxygen by simulations in the computer, and so fit the rate constants.
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|Birth:||11th August, 1926|
Sir Aaron Klug, OM, PRS is a Lithuanian-born British chemist and biophysicist, and winner of the 1982 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his development of crystallographic electron microscopy and his structural elucidation of biologically important nucleic acid-protein complexes. His scientific biography is currently being written by former colleague Kenneth Holmes. He was awarded the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize from Columbia University in 1981. Between 1986 and 1996 he was director of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, and was knighted by Elizabeth II in 1988. He was elected President of the Royal Society, and served from 1995–2000. He was appointed OM in 1995 as is customary for Presidents of the Royal Society. He is also a member of the Board of Scientific Governors at The Scripps Research Institute. In 2005 he was awarded South Africa's Order of Mapungubwe for exceptional achievements in medical science. He is a member of the Advisory Council for the Campaign for Science and Engineering.
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