Reference numberEC/1960/15
Previous numbersCert XVI, 281; A03967
TitleKendrew, Sir John Cowdery: certificate of election to the Royal Society
DescriptionCertificate of Election
CitationKendrew's field of research has been the investigation of the structure of protein molecules by X-ray analysis, and he has played a large part in the development of the Medical Research Council's Unit at Cambridge which has added so much to our knowledge of biological molecules. He has recently achieved the three-dimensional analysis of myoglobin, the first protein structure to be determined by direct X-ray methods and far more complex than any molecular hitherto analysed. Great difficulties were encountered at each stage, in purifying and crystallising the protein, finding a favourable crystalline form, and preparing a series of isomorphous crystalline heavy atom derivatives. He has also done pioneer work in using electronic computing machines for crystallographic computations. During the war he was Officer-in-Charge, Operational Research Section, and Scientific Adviser to the Allied Air Commander-in Chief, South East Asia (Honorary Wing Commander).
ProposersW L Bragg; M F Perutz; D Keilin; F G Young; N F Mott; H Himsworth; F Sanger; Dorothy Hodgkin; F J W Roughton; A C Chibnall; Linus Pauling; A L Hodgkin; J D Bernal; W T Astbury; E G Cox; A Neuberger; R L M Synge; J W S Pringle; J T Randle; D Gabor
Access statusOpen
Fellows associated with this archive
NA7874Kendrew; Sir; John Cowdery (1917 - 1997)1917 - 1997
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