|Alma mater||Newnham College, Cambridge|
|Known for||Crystallography of organic molecules|
|Institutions||University of Cambridge, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre|
Together with JD Bernal she believed in the value of collating scientific data in a central archive, this began the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD), collating crystal structures of mainly organic molecules. Kennard was also involved, at CSD, in the founding of the Protein Data Bank, and of the EMBL nucleotide sequence data library (later, European Nucleotide Archive)
Early life and Education
Kennard was born in Budapest, Hungary to Joir and Catherina Weisz, moving to the UK at the age of 15 with her family in the face of growing antisemitism in Hungary. In the UK she was educated at Hove County School for Girls and Prince Henry VIII Grammar School, Evesham. She attended Newnham College Cambridge, studying Natural Sciences at a time when women did not formally receive a degree. She went on to gain an MA in 1948 and DSc in 1973
Following her studies, Kennard worked as a Research assistant at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge from 1944–48, working with Max Perutz on the structure of hemoglobin. After this she moved to London, working at the Medical Research Council RC Vision Research Unit from 1948-1951. In this role she studied rhodopsin and vitamin A with Hamilton Hartridge. Subsequently, she was a research assistant, establishing a crystallographic lab at the MRC National Institute for Medical Research. In 1961 Kennard returned to work in Cambridge (where she had lived whilst working in London) to the University's chemistry department to set up Crystallography Unit. She remained in this department until retirement. During her career she has produced over 200 scientific papers and written several books.
Kennard is best known as a founder of the The Cambridge Structural Database and first director (from 1965-1997) of the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC). The resource was borne of her belief that "collective use of data would lead to the discovery of new knowledge which transcends the results of individual experiments" 
Honours and awards
She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1987 and awarded the OBE "For services to Scientific Research on the Structure of Biological Molecules" in 1988. In recognition of her work, there is the Olga Kennard Research Fellowship in crystallography, administered by the Royal Society.
She is married to Sir Arnold Burgen, her second husband; her first husband was David Kennard, to whom she was married from 1948-1961 having two daughters. After retirement, Kennard was appointed as a trustee of the British Museum in 2004, a position held until 2012. She is an 'architecture aficionado' and lives in a Grade II listed house designed by Danish architect, Erik Sorensen .
Her niece is English actress Rachel Weisz.
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