The Dorothy Hodgkin Symposium

UNESCO and the International Union of Crystallography will join Somerville College this October to host a symposium marking the 50th anniversary of the award of Professor Dorothy Hodgkin’s Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

The Symposium will take place on Wednesday 29th October and will feature a number of distinguished speakers, among them Professor (Sir) Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2009. The day will kick off with a screening of Hidden Glory: Dorothy Hodgkin in her own words, a filmed performance of a short, one-woman play about the life and work of Dorothy Hodgkin, followed by Q&A with the playwright Georgina Ferry.  Guests will then be welcomed by Dr Alice Prochaska, Principal of Somerville College and Dr Wendy Watson-Wright, Assistant Director General of UNESCO.  The academic programme includes a keynote talk and a panel discussion on how crystallography will continue to help solve the world’s great medical problems, after which there will be a drinks reception and a dinner in Hall.

More details are available on the Somerville College website.

Illuminating Atoms Exhibition

To celebrate the International DifPat_logo_2014_red Year of Crystallography, Illuminating Atoms presents a  selection of photographs by Max Alexander portraying the inspirational work of crystallographers. Through portrait and documentary photography, Max shows us the life of scientists at the cutting edge of discovery, including some of the world class facilities they use. The exhibition will be open from the 4th November until the 7th December at the Royal Albert Hall in London. And it is free! More details can be found on the venue website.

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The Chemistry Between Them

The Chemistry Between Them, a new play by Adam Ganz will be broadcast on Radio 4 on Wednesday 20th August at 14:15. The play examines the life-long friendship between Nobel Prize winning crystallographer Professor Dorothy Hodgkin and her former Somerville College student Margaret Thatcher. Despite their different political viewpoints, the pair corresponded regularly. The events in the play are set during a visit by Dorothy to Chequers in 1983 during which she is set on pushing the case for nuclear disarmament.

Guardian Article: Margaret Thatcher’s Surprising Relationship with Dorothy Hodgkin

Radio 4 website: The Chemistry Between Them

Nature Milestones – Crystallography

Nature Milestones are special supplements that aim to highlight the remarkable achievements that have shaped a given field. Nature Milestones in Crystallography, a collaborative effort between NatureNature MaterialsNature Nanotechnology and Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, is the eleventh supplement in the series and is timed to coincide with the celebration of the 2014 International Year of Crystallography and can be found by clicking here.

DifPat_logo_2014_redIn addition to the Milestone articles, which have been chosen to provide an enriching reflection on the history of the field, the supplement also includes a Timeline, which provides a chronology of key events and a reprinted Collection of relevant articles from Nature. The Milestones website also includes an extensive Library of material from across Nature Publishing Group. The selected Library articles will be available free for six months from 17 July 2014.

Bursary Recipients for the IUCr 2014

Congratulations to the following recipients of Arnold Beevers Bursary! These members will be using the bursaries to attend the 23rd IUCr in Montréal, Canada

Reece Hall – University of Central Lancashire

Joshua Hill – Oxford University

Alkistis Mitropoulou – Kings College London

Jerome Wicker – Oxford University

Karim Sutton – Oxford University

We look forward to reading their conference reports in Crystallography News after the event.