Max Ferdinand Perutz OM CH CBE. 19 May 1914 – 6 February 2002

  title={Max Ferdinand Perutz OM CH CBE. 19 May 1914 – 6 February 2002},
  author={David Blow},
  journal={Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society},
  pages={227 - 256}
  • D. Blow
  • Published 1 December 2004
  • Physics
  • Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society
Scientists will remember Max Perutz for his outstanding analysis of the molecular structure, properties and allosteric mechanism of haemoglobin, but his wonderful clarity and simplicity in writing on the widest range of topics has made him famous far beyond the haemoglobin fraternity. He left many autobiographical essays on different events in his life, and his writings are quoted frequently in this memoir. Indeed, to a large extent, it is written by Max Perutz himself! 
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  • M. Perutz
  • Chemistry
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series A. Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • 1954
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  • Biology, Chemistry
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
  • 1992
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