After voting in the £50 Note Zone, it’s time to tell the Bank of England what you think:
Put me on the note because I'm the only British woman to have won a Nobel Prize in the sciences!
12th May 1910 - 29th July 1994
Only British woman to have received a Nobel Prize for science - won for developing protein crystallography; a technique used to find the structures of proteins
Chemistry, X-ray crystallography
One sentence about me: I discovered the structures of Vitamin B12 and insulin, while pioneering a technique used by scientists ever since
Although my greatest achievement might be winning the Nobel Prize for Chemistry and being one of a small group of people who kickstarted the technique of X-ray crystallography as a way to discover the structure of proteins and DNA, I hope to also be remembered for the way I lived my life.
Despite marrying Thomas Hodgkin in 1937, it was only in 1949 (after we’d had 3 children) that I started actually using his surname rather than my maiden name Crowfoot when I published my work. Amazingly, I was the first woman at the University of Oxford to receive paid maternity leave and after winning the Nobel, I used some of the prize money to establish a nursery at Somerville College at the University of Oxford.
Apparently Margaret Thatcher was inspired by me as a woman with children who surpassed the men at the top of my field, but we did not share our politics. I was banned from the USA in the 1950s due to my socialist connections, supported the miners strikes, spoke out against apartheid, and accepted the Lenin Peace Prize in 1987.
Vote for me:
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Passionate, determined, activist
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
I discovered the structures of the antibiotic penicillin and of the protein insulin, which have been important for treatment of disease
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
My mother, Molly, and the chemist A.K. Joseph and later John Desmond Bernal
Were you ever in trouble for anything?
I was banned from the US for several years because of my support for socialist and communist governments!
Tell us something people might not know about me?
I taught Margaret Thatcher at university and apparently she kept a portrait of me in Downing Street - even though our politics were a bit different!
You may also remember me from...
The headline "Nobel Prize for British Wife" when I won it in 1964!
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