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Tim Lewens: Who Was Max Perutz?

15 November 2007
Max Perutz and the Secret of Life 
by Georgina Ferry.
Chatto, 352 pp., £25, July 2007, 978 0 7011 7695 2
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... and a recipient of the Order of Merit, among other accolades. All these things were enough for many to call him famous. Perutz, who died in 2002, was convinced enough of his own standing to ask GeorginaFerry to write his biography. But he also realised that few people knew what he was famous for. In spite of her book’s title, reminiscent of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Ferry never ...

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Mary Beard: Norfolk Girl gets Nobel Prize

15 April 1999
Dorothy Hodgkin: A Life 
by Georgina Ferry.
Granta, 425 pp., £20, November 1998, 1 86207 167 5
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... Edith Holden’s Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady has been granted the same classmark as the biographies of Einstein and the memoirs of local Nobel Prize-winners from Rutherford to Mott. In GeorginaFerry’s account, the career of Dorothy Hodgkin (née Crowfoot) stands at first sight as a cheering contrast to all this, a stunning series of timely successes on all fronts – from crystallography ...

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