The Pioneering Dorothy Hodgkin, Insulin

Constant Wonder - Radio Archive, Episode 385

  • Mar 16, 2020 6:00 pm
  • 49:07 mins

The Pioneering Life of Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin Guest: Georgina Ferry, author, “Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin: Patterns, Proteins and Peace: A Life in Science” Dorothy Hodgkin is the only British woman to ever win a Nobel Prize in a scientific field. From 1937 to 1956, Dorothy Hodgkin used a new technique called X-ray crystallography to unlock the secrets of many biological molecules, such as cholesterol, vitamin B12, and insulin. A Heroic Hormone Guest: Benjamin T. Bikman, Associate Professor, Physiology and Developmental Biology, Brigham Young University, and author, "Why We Get Sick" (forthcoming) Insulin is not just a drug; it is a vital hormone, and science is just beginning to understand the role it plays in humans’ overall health.