Aaron Klug is a British chemist and biophysicist that helped with the discovery of DNA.
Aaron Klug is still alive and is 92 years old. Apart from helping with the discovery of DNA, he
has a very interesting childhood, he has won many awards and been recognized for many things,
and he has other interests besides science.
Aaron Klug was born in 1926 in Lithuanian. Lithuanian is a country in eastern Europe.
He moved to South Africa when he was two. He says he doesn’t remember anything about
Lithuanian because he was so young. He went to school in South Africa. His high school was a
grammar school and the families had to pay a small fine to send their kids there. Aaron Klug
talked about how unique and fun it was living in South Africa. He says that he saw many
different species of monkeys on a daily basis and he was very interested with the wildlife.
Aaron Klug went to University of Witwatersrand, University of Cambridge, University of
Cape town, Trinity College Cambridge, and Peterhouse Cambridge. He earned a bachelor degree
in science and a master’s degree in science. His former colleague Kenneth Holmes was writing a
biography on him but he recently passed away. He worked with Rosalind Franklin in John
Bernal’s lab. There he helped Rosalind with the discovery of DNA. He received the Nobel Prize
for Chemistry in 1982 for his work on the development of crystallographic electron microscopy.
He also helped J.D. Bernal on his study of the polio virus. Aaron Klug was very interested in
Aaron Klug used methods form the X-ray diffraction to develop crystallographic electron
microscopy. Crystallographic electron microscopy is a method to determine the arrangement of
atoms in solids using a transmission electron microscope. In 1981, Klug was awarded with the
Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize. The Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize is awarded by Columbia
University for outstanding performance in biology research. Klug was awarded with the Nobel
Prize in Chemistry in 1982. In 1988, Klug was knighted by Elizabeth II. Being knighted is a
great honor in England and it is an award or recognition given to you by the Queen. From 1995
until 2000, he was elected President of the Royal Society. The Royal Society is a society in
London that is focused on improving natural knowledge. In 2005, he was honored with South
Africa’s Order of Mapungubwe. The South African Order of Mapungubwe is the highest Honor
in South Africa and is an award given by the president.
Aaron Klug is interested in more than just science. Aaron Klug likes ancient history and
ancient cultures like egyptology. Egyptology is the study of Egypt. Aaron Klug said this study
interests him because it is similar to a puzzle. He is also interested in literature and likes to read.
He enjoyed the books he read in highschool and that literature was one of his favorite subjects.