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

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

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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."


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

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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
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