I have another blog posting ready, dealing with the determination of the first three-dimensional structures of viruses in late 1970′s and early 1980′s. I am just waiting for a copyright permission to reproduce an image. Hopefully, it will not be too long.
In the meantime though, I cannot resist to write a few lines to introduce a special issue of Nature dealing with ‘Crystallography at 100′.
There are many articles in this special issue that can give you valuable insights into the science, the discoveries in diverse sciences among them chemistry and biology, the achievements of women in crystallography, and also a perspective into the future avenues of the field such as Free-Electron X-ray lasers that may again revolutionize structural biology. An excellent feature is a time line of the developments in field that can be very useful for the newcomer. The article by Georgina Ferry about women in crystallography reviews the tremendous impact that a relative small number of women have had in the development crystallography, among them Dorothy Hodgkin (Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1964). There are also suggestions for the younger crystallographers seeking employment. A pleasure to read and a treasure trove of information and insights. I will just enter here the link and let you pick and choose from this timely issue.
As soon as I can, I will post the upcoming article about the first structures of viruses.
Stay tuned and in the meantime, enjoy the articles in this special issue of Nature.