British Nobel prize winner chemist Dorothy Hodgkin remembered fondly on her 104th birth anniversary
In the UK, British chemist Dorothy Hodgkin's 104th birth was observed by organizing special events in various scientific institutes and universities. Hodgkin, credited with the development of X-ray crystallography making use of X-ray as well as the study of biological molecules.
She was remembered for
discovering the the structure of cholesterol, penicillin and vitamin
B12 and consequently winning the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1964.
Her technique of studying molecules is widely used for finding the
inter-atomic spacing as well as study of crystalline solids as a
diffraction gradient for x-ray light.
on with a doodle on her birthday on may 12 this year. The doodle
showed the chemical structure of penicillin on to commemorate.
It may be recalled that
Hodgkin was born on May 12, 1910, in Cairo and was sent to England
for higher studies in chemistry at Somerville College, University of
Oxford and University of Cambridge to pursue her doctoral research.
She worked at Somerville and retired in 1977. It is worth noting that
Britain's former prime minister Margaret Thatcher her student.