Aaron Klug

Aaron Klug (1926-), chemist and biophysicist, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1982 for his development of crystallographic electron microscopy. This technique enables scientists to recover three-dimensional structural information from two-dimensional electron micrographs and can be used to reveal the structures of complex biological molecules. He was also the discoverer of zinc-finger proteins, a class of proteins whichbind specific DNA sequences by means of an array of ‘fingers’. After moving to Britain from South Africa in 1949 to study at the University of Cambridge he spent his early career working on tobacco mosaic virus with Rosalind Franklin at Birkbeck College before moving the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge in 1962.

  • Birth name Aaron Klug
  • Born 1926, Zelvas, Lithuania
  • Occupation Molecular biologist
  • Disciplines Molecular Biology, Physics
  • Education University of Witwatersrand; University of Cape Town; Trinity College, University of Cambridge

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