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Aaron Klug Dies

This post has been updated to correct Dr. Klug's first name from Alan to Aaron. Daily Scan regrets the error.

Aaron Klug, who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1982 for his work creating three-dimensional images of biological molecules, has died, the New York Times reports. He was 92.

Klug studied physics, and became interested in applying X-ray crystallography, and then electron microscopy, to study the structure of biological molecules, the Times says. It notes that when he took a position at Birkbeck College in London to study protein structure using X-ray crystallography, he met Rosalind Franklin who influenced his decision to then study the shapes of viruses. He later worked on transfer RNA, zinc fingers, and the protein tangles involved in Alzheimer's disease, and was at Medical Research Council's Laboratory of Molecular Biology.

He won the 1982 Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for his development of crystallographic electron microscopy and his structural elucidation of biologically important nucleic acid-protein complexes," according to the Nobel Foundation.

Klug also helped establish the Wellcome Trust Sanger center, served as president of the Royal Society between 1995 and 2000, and was knighted in 1988, according to the Times.

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