Perutz, Max Ferdinand

January 2009
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
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Perutz, Max Ferdinand (1914-2002), was an Austrian-born British molecular biologist who shared the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1962 with British molecular biologist John Cowdery Kendrew. Through X-ray techniques, they traced the structure of hemoglobin and myoglobin, two proteins found in blood and muscles. Perutz spent much of his work life on researching hemoglobin, showing in detail how hemoglobin was constructed. Perutz's work helped biologists understand the molecule's role in transporting oxygen and carbon dioxide throughout the bloodstream.


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