Molecular model of penicillin by Dorothy M Crowfoot Hodgkin, England, 1945

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1945 in England
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Dorothy Mary Crowfoot Hodgkin

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Molecular model of Penicillin by Dorothy Hodgkin, c.1945. Front three quarter.
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Molecular model of Penicillin by Dorothy Hodgkin, c.1945. Front three quarter.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Molecular model of Penicillin by Dorothy Hodgkin, c.1945. Front three quarter.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Molecular model of Penicillin by Dorothy Hodgkin, c.1945. Front three quarter.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Molecular model of Penicillin by Dorothy Hodgkin, c.1945. Front three quarter.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Molecular model of Penicillin by Dorothy Hodgkin, c.1945. Front three quarter.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Molecular model of Penicillin by Dorothy Hodgkin, c.1945. Front three quarter.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Molecular model of Penicillin by Dorothy Hodgkin, c.1945. Front three quarter.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Molecular model of Penicillin by Dorothy Hodgkin, c.1945. Front three quarter.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Molecular model of Penicillin by Dorothy Hodgkin, c.1945. Front three quarter.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Molecular model of Penicillin by Dorothy Hodgkin, c.1945. Front three quarter.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Molecular model of Penicillin by Dorothy Hodgkin, c.1945. Front three quarter.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Molecular model of Penicillin by Dorothy Hodgkin, c.1945. Front three quarter.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Molecular model of Penicillin by Dorothy Hodgkin, c.1945. Front three quarter.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Molecular model of Penicillin by Dorothy Hodgkin, c.1945. Front three quarter. Graduated grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
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Penicillin; molecular model by Dorothy Hodgkin, ca. 1945.

Penicillin was successful as an antibiotic and treatment for infection well before scientists knew its chemical nature. Chemist and crystallographer Dorothy M Crowfoot Hodgkin (1910-1994) used large punch-card operated tabulators, predecessor to the computer, to help analyse the patterns cast by reflected X-rays. This technique is known as X-ray crystallography.

Hodgkin later won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1964 “for her determinations by X-ray techniques of the structures of important biochemical substances”.

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DisplayLocation:
Science Museum, Making the Modern World Gallery
Category:
Biotechnology
Object Number:
1996-686
Materials:
paint, paper (fibre product), pine (wood), plastic (unidentified), steel (metal), wood (unidentified)
type:
penicillin, molecular model
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • model - representation
credit:
Luke Hodgkin
status:
Permanent collection

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