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Talk, Thu 24 Oct 2019, free entry

‘Why Grass Is Green And Blood Is Red: what we, and

‘Why Grass Is Green And Blood Is Red: what we, and


SIMON PHILLIPS was Professor of Molecular Biophysics at the University of Leeds from 1992 until 2008. He is currently Visiting Professor of Molecular Biophysics at Leeds and Visiting Professor of Biophysics at the University of Oxford. As a chemistry undergraduate at University College London in 1968-71 he was fascinated by the structure of molecules, and how that could be determined by X-ray crystallography, a technique pioneered by William and Lawrence Bragg over a hundred years ago in Leeds. His research career has focussed particularly on how the structure of complex molecules in biological organisms governs how they behave.

Everything we see around us, from inanimate objects such as mountain range or a turbine blade in a jet engine, to living organisms like bacteria or humans, is made of atoms. There are various kinds of atoms, or elements, but the key to how the objects around (and in) us behave lies in how groups of atoms join up to form molecules. The arrangement of atoms in molecules determines their properties, but this is invisible to the naked eye and required the Bragg’s breakthrough to allow us to picture them. Professor Phillips will give a brief history of atoms and molecules, and describe how the structure of molecules gives rise to the properties of materials. In particular, the very complex molecules in living things that can carry out remarkable tasks, and even make molecular machines that mirror human inventions such as pumps and electric motors.

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Dates Times
Thu 24 Oct 2019 17:30 to 00:00


Free entry

This lecture is free and you do not need a ticket – but if you are coming with a group of friends and would like seats reserving, please contact:- Dr J E Lydon: Secretary, Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society, Faculty of Biological Sciences, The University of Leeds, LS2 9JT 0113-2785596 (evenings)


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  • Cash PointCash Point
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality