26 November 2018

The College is grieved to report the death of Sir Aaron Klug, OM ScD Hon. LL.D. FRS, former Director of Cambridge’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology  (LMB), former President of the Royal Society, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1982, and a longstanding Fellow and Honorary Fellow of Peterhouse.

Aaron Klug became a teaching Fellow and Director of Studies in Natural Sciences at Peterhouse in 1962, taking over from another eminent molecular biologist at Peterhouse, John Kendrew, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1962 with another Petrean, Max Perutz.

Aaron Klug‘s own award of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry came in 1982  for his work on the determination of the structure of biological substances. His profound contributions to molecular biology made him a world leader in the subject. He was Director of the renowned the Medical Research Council Molecular Biology Laboratory in Cambridge for ten years from 1986 to 1996 and was President of the Royal Society from 1995 to 2000. He was knighted in 1988.

Aaron Klug remained a teaching Fellow at Peterhouse until his retirement in 1993 when he was made an Honorary Fellow of the College. He was greatly respected as a very distinguished scientist. He was also much appreciated as a man of deep erudition, curiosity and humility. His many years as a Fellow at Peterhouse was an association of which the College remains very proud. He will be much missed.