A five-episode series has begun on Radio 4 focusing on the letters of Dorothy Hodgkin (1928, Chemistry), who won the 1964 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her pioneering work in x-ray crystallography.

Dorothy Hodgkin remains the only British woman to win a Nobel Prize for Science. This year Somerville College is celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of her Nobel Prize.

Also on Radio 4 on Tuesday 7 October was an episode of A Life Scientific featuring Elspeth Garman, who provided an excellent overview of crystallography, and referred to her time teaching Physics at Somerville. Professor Garman, a biochemist at the University of Oxford, will speak at the forthcoming Dorothy Hodgkin Symposium, which will be held at Somerville College on Wednesday 29 October in honour of the fiftieth anniversary of Dorothy Hodgkin’s Nobel Prize.

An Eye for Pattern: The Letters of Dorothy Hodgkin can be listened to on the BBC Radio 4 website.

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