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24 March 1917|
23 August 1997 (aged 80)|
|Institutions||Royal Air Force|
|Alma mater||University of Cambridge|
|Doctoral advisor||Max Perutz|
|Known for||Haeme-containing proteins|
|Notable awards||Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1962)|
He shared the 1962 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Max Perutz. Their group in the Cavendish Laboratory was the first to determine the structure of proteins, using X-ray crystallography. He was also a Fellow (teacher) at Peterhouse College in Cambridge.
He spent the early months of World War II doing research on radar. In 1940 he became engaged in operational research at the Royal Air Force headquarters, holding the honorary rank of Wing Commander R.A.F.
- John Finch 2008. A Nobel Fellow on every floor. Medical Research Council 2008. ISBN 978-1840469-40-0; this book is about the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge.