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Dr Max Perutz

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 25 June 2000

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is Dr Max Perutz. When he left Austria in 1936 to study at Cambridge, his fellow students dismissed his ambition to decipher the structure of the protein haemoglobin as 'mad'. No-one had seriously attempted to map a molecule that was made up of 10,000 atoms. Twenty-two years later he was successful. It was an achievement that earned him and his colleague John Kendrew the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1962 - and has since contributed to the study of blood diseases like sickle cell anaemia and Huntington's disease.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: Piano Sonata No.30 in E Major by Ludwig van Beethoven
Book: The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
Luxury: Skis

Music Played

8 items
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    Gioachino Rossini The Barber of Seville

    Soloist: Placido Domingo Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe

    The Barber of Seville, Deutsche Grammophon

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    Joseph Haydn Prelude: The Representation of Chaos (from The Creation)

    Soloist: Franciso Arazia Choir: Vienna Singverein

    The Creation, Deutsche Grammophon

  • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ludwig van Beethoven Fidelio

    Soloist: Tom Krause Choir: Vienna State Opera Chorus

    Fidelio, Decca

  • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109

    Soloist: Vladimir Ashkenazy

    Sonata Op.109, Op.110, Decca

  • Image for Jessye Norman and Geoffrey Parsons

    Jessye Norman and Geoffrey Parsons He's Got the Whole World in His Hands

    Jessye Norman Collection, Philips

  • Image for Franz Schubert

    Franz Schubert Piano Sonata No. 17 in G major, D894

    Soloist: Alfred Brendel

    Schubert: Piano Sonatas, Philips

  • Image for Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev

    Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev Sonata for Solo Violin in D major

    Soloist: Dmitry Sitkovetsky

    Violin Sonatas Nos 1 & 2, Virgin Classics

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    Leonard Bernstein The best of all possible worlds (from Candide)

    Artist: Adolf Green/Jerry Hadley/June Anderson/Kurt Ollm

    Candide, Decca

Credits

Presenter
Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest
Dr Max Perutz

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