David Mervyn Blow
|David Mervyn Blow|
27 June 1931|
|Died||8 June 2004
Appledore, North Devon, England
|Alma mater||Corpus Christi College, Cambridge|
|Institutions||Massachusetts Institute of Technology
National Institute of Health
Imperial College London
|Doctoral advisor||Max Perutz|
|Other academic advisors||Alexander Rich|
|Doctoral students||Richard Henderson
|Other notable students||Thomas A. Steitz
David Mervyn Blow FRS (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.
Early life and education
In 1954, he met Max Perutz; 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.
Blow was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 1972.
Blow became professor of biophysics at Imperial College London in 1977.
Blow married Mavis Sears in 1955, and they had two children.
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