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Dr Max Perutz

Dr Max Perutz

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First broadcast: Sun 25 Jun 2000

Chemist, Molecular biologist, Nobel Prize winner

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]

Choices

Gioachino Rossini

1.

Gioachino Rossini

The Barber of Seville

Soloist: Placido Domingo Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe

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Joseph Haydn

2.

Joseph Haydn

Prelude: The Representation of Chaos (from The Creation)

Soloist: Franciso Arazia Choir: Vienna Singverein

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Ludwig van Beethoven

3.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Fidelio

Soloist: Tom Krause Choir: Vienna State Opera Chorus

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Ludwig van Beethoven

4.

Castaway's favourite

Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109

Soloist: Vladimir Ashkenazy

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Jessye Norman and Geoffrey Parsons

5.

Jessye Norman and Geoffrey Parsons

He's Got the Whole World in His Hands

Franz Schubert

6.

Franz Schubert

Piano Sonata No. 17 in G major, D894

Soloist: Alfred Brendel

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Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev

7.

Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev

Sonata for Solo Violin in D major

Soloist: Dmitry Sitkovetsky

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Leonard Bernstein

8.

Leonard Bernstein

The best of all possible worlds (from Candide)

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

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Book

The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Others who chose this author

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