Women’s work: Dorothy Hodgkin and the culture and craft of X-ray crystallography

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Presenter: Georgina Ferry

Published: April 2014

Age: 14-19 and upwards

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Tags: crystallography;penicillin;hodgkin;insulin

Type: Lectures

Source/institution: Royal Society


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The year 2014 was celebrated as the International Year of Crystallography. A number of successful 20th century women scientists, of whom the Nobel prizewinner Dorothy Hodgkin is perhaps the most prominent, achieved their distinction in this field. While no one has undertaken a rigorous quantitative analysis, it is common to come across statements that X-ray crystallography is particularly welcoming to women, or conversely that it is something women are particularly good at. Does either of these statements stand up?ÊGeorgina Ferry is a science writer and broadcaster.

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