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Sir Aaron Klug

Sir Aaron Klug

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First broadcast: Sun 12 May 2002

Former President of the Royal Society, Chemist, Nobel Prize winner

Sir Aaron Klug grew up in Durban, South Africa on the edge of the Bush, which provided him with enough snakes and monkeys to satisfy his curiosity. A bright child, he read anything that was available and enjoyed an idyllic childhood. He started studying medicine at university level in Johannesburg at the age of fifteen, but soon switched to chemistry, physics and mathematics, which provided more stimulus for his enquiring mind.

He began to research at Cape Town University and later Cambridge, where he joined the world-famous Cavendish Laboratory and later the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology. His work led to him winning the Nobel prize for Chemistry in 1982 for his work on cell structure.

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

Choices

Zululand War Dancers

1.

Zululand War Dancers

Zululand War Dance (Ha Uyamqala Okandaba)

Felix Mendelssohn

2.

Felix Mendelssohn

Violin Concerto in E minor - 1st movement

Soloist: Jascha Heifetz Orchestra: NBC Symphony Orchestra

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Ralph Vaughan Williams

3.

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Fantasia on Greensleeves

Orchestra: English String Orchestra Conductor: William Boughton

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Ludwig van Beethoven

4.

Castaway's favourite

Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 9 in D minor 'Choral' - Ode to Joy

Choir: Gulbenkian Choir, Lisbon

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

5.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Bei Männern (from The Magic Flute)

Soloist: Eva Lind and Olaf Bar Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields

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Edward Elgar

6.

Edward Elgar

Pomp & Circumstance March No. 2 in A minor

Orchestra: English String Orchestra

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Max Bruch

8.

Max Bruch

Kol Nidrei

Artist: Ofra Harnoy Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra

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9.

10.

Book

A set of books on Roman Republican and Imperial coinage by

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Luxury item

A set of mixed Greek and Roman coinage

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