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biophysicist , chemist

Aaron Klug, Lithuanian chemist, biophysicist. Decorated Knight, Order of British Empire; recipient Heineken prize, Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences, 1979, Louisa Gross Hrowitz prize, Columbia University, 1981, Nobel prize for chemistry, 1982, Gold medal of Merit, University Cape Town, 1983, Harden medal, Bio-chemical Society, 1985, Gold Order of Mapungubwe, South Africa, 2005.


Klug, Aaron was born on August 11, 1926 in Zelva, Lithuania. Son of Lazar and Bella (Silin) Klug.


Bachelor of Science, University Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 1945. Master of Science in Crystallography, University Cape Town, South Africa, 1947. Doctor of Philosophy, Trinity College, Cambridge University, 1953.

Doctor of Science (honorary), University Chicago, 1978. Doctor of Science (honorary), Columbia University, 1978. Doctor of Science (honorary), University Strasbourg, 1978.

Doctor of Science (honorary), Stockholm University, 1980. Doctor of Science (honorary), University Witwatersrand, 1984. Doctor of Science (honorary), Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 1984.

Doctor of Science (honorary), Hull University, 1985. Doctor of Science (honorary), University St. Andrews, 1987. Doctor of Science (honorary), University Western Ontario, 1991.

Doctor of Science (honorary), Warwick University, 1994. Doctor of Science (honorary), University London, 2000. Doctor of Science (honorary), Oxford University, 2001.

Doctor of Letters (honorary), Cambridge University, 1998. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Stirling University, 1998.


Rouse-Ball research associate Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge University, 1949-1952. Nuffield research fellow Birkbeck College, London, 1953—1958, director virus structure research group, 1958—1962. Professor Peterhouse College, Cambridge University, 1962—1996, staff Medical Research Council Laboratory Molecular Biology, 1962—1996, joint head division structural studies, 1978-1986, director Medical Research Council Laboratory Molecular Biology, 1986-1996.

Leeuwenhoek lecturer Royal Society, 1973, Croonian Prize lecturer, 2007. Durnham lecturer Harvard University Medical School, 1975. Lane lecturer Stanford University, 1983.

Silliman lecturer Yale University, 1985. Cetus lecturer Berkeley University, 1986. J.T. Baker lecturer Cornell University, 1987.

Steenbock lecturer University Wisconsin, Madison, 1989. Innovators in Bio-chemical lecturer University Virginia, Richmond, 1990. Calbiochem. lecturer University California, San Diego, 1991.

Neurath lecturer University Washington, Seattle. Member board science governors Scripps Research Institute.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to science journals.


Fellow: Royal College Physicians (Baly medal 1987), Royal Society (president 1995—2000, Copley medal 1985), Royal College Pathologists (honorary). Member: National Academy of Sciences (foreign associate), Max Planck Society Advancement of Science (foreign), Japan Academy (honorary), American Academy Arts & Sciences (honorary), American Philosophical Society, French Academy of Sciences (foreign).


Married Liebe Bobrow, 1948. 2 children.

Lazar Klug

Bella (Silin) Klug

Liebe Bobrow