David Mervyn Blow

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David Mervyn Blow
Born (1931-06-27)27 June 1931
Birmingham, England
Died 8 June 2004(2004-06-08) (aged 72)
Appledore, North Devon, England
Nationality British
Fields Biophysicist
Institutions Imperial College London
Alma mater Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
Known for Haemoglobin
X-ray crystallography

David Mervyn Blow FRS[1] (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.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

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.

Career[edit]

Following graduation from Cambridge, Blow spent two years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

In 1954, he met Max Perutz;[3] 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.

In 1972, Blow became a fellow of the Royal Society.

Blow became professor of biophysics at Imperial College London in 1977.

Personal life[edit]

Blow married Mavis Sears in 1955, and they had two children.

Blow died of lung cancer at the age of 72, in Appledore, England.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Henderson, R.; Franks, N. P. (2009). "David Mervyn Blow. 27 June 1931 -- 8 June 2004". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 55: 13. doi:10.1098/rsbm.2008.0022.  edit
  2. ^ Vrielink, A. (2005). "David Mervyn Blow". Physics Today 58 (3): 88–81. Bibcode:2005PhT....58c..88V. doi:10.1063/1.1897573.  edit
  3. ^ Blow, D. M. (2004). "Max Ferdinand Perutz OM CH CBE. 19 May 1914 - 6 February 2002: Elected F.R.S. 1954". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 50: 227–256. doi:10.1098/rsbm.2004.0016. JSTOR 4140521. PMID 15768489.  edit

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