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Dorothy Hodgkin (1910 – 1994)


Born Dorothy Mary Crowfoot, was a British chemist, credited with the discovery of protein crystallography.
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Dorothy Hodgkin
One's tendency when one is young is to do experiments just to see what will happen, without really looking for specific things at all. I first set up a little laboratory in the attic at home just to grow crystals or try experiments described in books, such as adding a lot of concentrated sulfuric acid to the blood from a nosebleed which precipitates hemotin from the hemoglobin in the blood. That was quite a nice experiment. I still remember it.
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I once wrote a lecture for Manchester University called  Moments of Discovery  in which I said that there are two moments that are important. There's the moment when you know you can find out the answer and that's the period you are sleepless before you know what it is. When you've got it and know what it is, then you can rest easy.
Hodgkin
Would it not be better if one could really 'see' whether molecules...were just as experiments suggested?




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