Dorothy Hodgkin (1910-1994) was renowned for her medically-important work on penicillin, vitamin B12 and insulin. Fully engaged with the political and social currents of her time, she participated in some of the greatest upheavals of the 20th century: women's education; the globalisation of science; the rise and fall of communism; and international peace movements. A wife, mother and grandmother, she cared deeply about the wellbeing of individuals in all cultures.
Georgina Ferry's biography of the only British female scientist to receive the Nobel Prize – Dorothy Hodgkin: A Life – was shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize and the Marsh Biography Award. Bloomsbury Reader 2014 edition is reissued with a new preface.
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About the Author
Georgina Ferry is a freelance science writer and broadcaster. She was formerly a staff editor on New Scientist magazine, and a presenter on Science Now and other programmes for BBC Radio 3 and 4. In 1989 she won the Glaxo Science Writers' Prize for her radio series, Seven Ages of Health. Her work has been published in a number of national newspapers, including the Independent, the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph, and she is Science Editor of Oxford Today. She lives in Oxford with her husband and two sons.
Table of ContentsPreface
1. 'It was a rather rackety childhood in a way'
Cairo and Norfolk, 1910-1928
2. 'Don't you understand, I've got to know!'
Somerville and Oxford, 1928-1932
3. 'My years at Cambridge were rich with new discoveries' J.D. Bernal and Cambridge, 1932-1934
4. 'It'll serve me absolutely right if the thing is all wrong'
Oxford, insulin and Thomas, 1934-1937
5. 'Nobody could be indifferent to the search for the truth about proteins'
Proteins and pregnancy, 1938-1939
6. 'All this penicillin racket you know…'
War and penicillin, 1939-1945
7. 'The molecule that appears is very beautifully composed'
America, Russian and Vitamin B12, 1946-1960
8. 'I seem to have spent much more of my life not solving structures than solving them'
The Nobel prize and insulin, 1960-1969
9. 'Born not for herself but for the world'
China, Africa, India, education and peace, 1959-1988
10. 'Recently everything has become more hopeful'
Retirement and after, 1977-1994