Linus Pauling and the Race for DNA: A Documentary History All Documents and Media  
Home | Search | Narrative | Linus Pauling Day-By-Day

All Documents and Media

"Lifestory: Linus Pauling."
 
"Lifestory: Linus Pauling." 1997.
Produced by the British Broadcasting Corporation.

"I Wish I Had Made You Angry Earlier." (1:22)

Get the Flash Player to see this audio player.

Download Audio File (Mp3) File to Your Computer

Transcript

Max Perutz: When I saw the alpha-helix and saw what a beautiful, elegant structure it was, I was thunderstruck and was furious with myself for not having built this, but on the other hand, I wondered, was it really right?

So I cycled home for lunch and was so preoccupied with the turmoil in my mind that didn’t respond to anything. Then I had an idea, so I cycled back to the lab. I realized that I had a horse hair in a drawer. I set it up on the X-ray camera and gave it a two hour exposure, then took the film to the dark room with my heart in my mouth, wondering what it showed, and when I developed it, there was the 1.5 angstrom reflection which I had predicted and which excluded all structures other than the alpha-helix.

So on Monday morning I stormed into my professor’s office, into Bragg’s office and showed him this, and Bragg said, "Whatever made you think of that?" And I said, "Because I was so furious with myself for having missed that beautiful structure." To which Bragg replied coldly, "I wish I had made you angry earlier."

Clip

Creator: Max Perutz
Associated: W.H. Bragg, Linus Pauling
Clip ID: 1997v.1-angry

Full Work

Creator: British Broadcasting Corporation
Associated: Linus Pauling, Ava Helen Pauling, Jon Tunney, Jack Dunitz, Peter Pauling, Max Perutz, Maurice Wilkins

Date: 1997
Genre: sound
ID: 1997v.1
Copyright: More Information

Previous Audio Clip 
   The Impact of the Nature of the Chemical Bond...


Home | Search | Narrative | Linus Pauling Day-By-Day