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Max Perutz Chair of Molecular Biophysics at Liverpool U.

[Max Perutz] Sketch by Julia Duax-Skop
The structural biology community from the UK and abroad gathered on September 26, 2008 at the U. of Liverpool to celebrate the establishment of the Max Perutz Chair of Molecular Biophysics. The day’s proceedings were opened by Ole Peterson, Vice-President of the Royal Society, who, in addition to welcoming the delegates, outlined some of the biomedical research undertaken at the U. of Liverpool. Robin Perutz, a Prof. in Chemistry and the only son of Max Perutz, delighted the audience by sharing his upbringing via an engaging presentation entitled ‘Growing up with molecular structure’. This was followed by a talk by Richard Henderson, who was the Director of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) for ten years from 1996. He described how LMB was shaped by Max Perutz as a caring laboratory where he instilled the culture of taking interest in other peoples’ work and surrounding oneself with high quality people. Other speakers included Tom Blundell, Louise Johnson, Kyoshi Nagai, Robert Eady, John Collinge, Roger Fourme and Keith Hodgson.