A Place in History: The Biography of John C. Kendrew

ISBN : 9780199732043

Paul M. Wassarman
360 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Mar 2020
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John C. Kendrew (1917-1997) was a pioneer in structural biology and a catalyst for the emergence of molecular biology in the second half of the twentieth century. He was the first person to determine the three-dimensional structure of a protein at atomic resolution and, for this, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1962. Kendrew ultimately became an international organizer, administrator, and advocate for science, and his expansive legacy lives on today.

In this book, Paul M. Wassarman, a postdoctoral fellow with Kendrew in the late 1960s, delves into Kendrew's personal and scientific life to uncover the background, traits, and experiences of the man responsible for so many achievements within science and beyond. Wassarman shares previously unpublished stories of Kendrew, including his vital role in the rise of molecular biology at three world-famous scientific institutions: the Cavendish Laboratory, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, and European Laboratory of Molecular Biology.

Kendrew was an unwavering advocate for British and European science and one of the most gifted, influential, and accomplished figures in twentieth century science. A Place in History is a groundbreaking account of Kendrew's life that is perfect for anyone interested in learning about the person behind the many achievements.




John Kendrew's Timeline

John Kendrew's Service

John Kendrew's Awards & Honors

Nobel Laureates Cited

British Peers & Knights Cited


Figures and Tables

Chapter 1. Introduction to John Kendrew

Chapter 2. Life, Traits, & Predilections

Chapter 3. Family, Parents, & Separation

Chapter 4. Formal Education (1924-1939)

Chapter 5. World War 2 Service (1939-1946)

Chapter 6. Cavendish, Peterhouse, & Myoglobin (1946-1962)

Chapter 7. Marriage & Divorce (1948-1956)

Chapter 8. Structure of Myoglobin (1957-1962)

Chapter 9. Journal of Molecular Biology (1957-1987)

Chapter 10. Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1962)

Chapter 11. The Old Guildhall, Linton (1964-1997)

Chapter 12. Laboratory of Molecular Biology (1962-1974)

Chapter 13. European Molecular Biology Laboratory (1962-1982)

Chapter 14. St. John's, Retirement, & Death (1982-1997)


A.1 Description of John Kendrew's Archives

A.2 John Kendrew's Obituaries (1997)

A.3 Preface to John Kendrew's PhD Thesis (1949)

A.4 John Kendrew's Scientific Publications (1940-1994)

A.5 John Kendrew's Science Article (1963)

A.6 Gunnar Hagg's Nobel Presentation Speech (1962)

A.7 John Kendrew's EMBL Agreement Speech (1973)


S.1 Books on Crystallography

S.2 Bibliography: Books, Reports, & Reviews


Name Index

Subject Index $ https://global.oup.com/academic/product/9780199732043 $ PDX


About the author: 

Paul M. Wassarman is Professor of Cell, Developmental, and Regenerative Biology in the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Series Editor for Current Topics in Developmental Biology. Wassarman has authored more than 225 scientific papers and reviews, edited over a dozen books, and coauthored A Guide to Zona Pellucida Domain Proteins.

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