May 12, 2014
Dorothy Hodgkin's 104th Birthday
Today marks the 104th Birthday of Dorothy Hodgkin, a pioneer of the field of X-ray crystallography. A 100 year old technique in chemistry which has revolutionized the way we understand the structure of the universe on a molecular level. By studying the patterns produced by X-rays, scientists are able to surmise the molecular structure of materials. A technique so important that it has had a direct role in producing multiple Nobel Laureates including Dorothy Hodgkin, who was awarded one in 1964 for her work on uncovering the complex structure of Penicillin G (the model in the doodle).
Early concepts considered for this doodle
A special thanks to scientists Laura Satkamp and Louise Scharf, PhD, for ensuring that the doodle was scientifically correct.
posted by Leon Hong