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Scientist Dorothy Hodgkin and her lover wrestle with the internal structure of complex molecules in 1930s letters. From October 2014.

The correspondence of the Nobel Prize winning scientist, Dorothy Hodgkin (1910-1994), introduced by her biographer, Georgina Ferry.

In the early 1930s, Dorothy embraced x-ray crystallography, working with her phD supervisor and lover, J.D. Bernal. Letters that were both scientific and highly personal flew back and forth between them, as they tried to determine the internal structure of complex molecules.

Producer: Anna Buckley.

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Wed 29 Mar 2017 02:15

Dorothy Hodgkin's Papers - the archive

With thanks to the Hodgkin family for permission to broadcast the letters. The archive of Dorothy Hodgkin’s papers is held by the Bodleian Library, Oxford.


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