David Mervyn Blow
|David Mervyn Blow|
27 June 1931|
8 June 2004Angal) (aged |
Appledore, North Devon, England
|Institutions||Imperial College London|
|Alma mater||Corpus Christi College, Cambridge|
|Known for||Haemoglobin, X-ray crystallography|
David Mervyn Blow (27 June 1931 – 8 June 2004) was an influential British biophysicist. He was best known for the development of X-ray crystallography, a technique used to determine the molecular structures of tens of thousands of biological molecules. This has been extremely important to the pharmaceutical industry.
Blow was born in Birmingham, England. As a youth, he attended Kingswood School in Bath, England, where he won a scholarship to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He then spent two years at MIT and the National Institutes of Health. In 1954 he met Max Perutz, and they began to study a new technique wherein X-rays would be passed through a protein sample. This eventually led to the creation of a three-dimensional structure of haemoglobin. He became professor of biophysics at Imperial College London in 1977. Fellow of the Royal Society in 1972.
- Alice Vrielink (2005). "David Mervyn Blow". Physics Today 58 (3): 88–89. Bibcode 2005PhT....58c..88V. doi:10.1063/1.1897573.
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