Dorothy Hodgkin Facts

  • 1910 12th May born in Cairo, Dorothy Mary Crowfoot Attended Sir John Leman Grammar School in Beccles, Suffolk
  • 1928 went to Somerville College, Oxford to study chemistry Worked on her PhD at Cambridge University (established the structure of pepsin worked with John Desmond Bernal)
  • 1934 diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis
  • 1934 returned to Somerville College to take up a research fellowship
  • 1936 awarded Somerville College’s first chemistry fellowship (continued in the position until 1977)
  • 1937 Dorothy married Thomas Hodgkin
  • 1938 first child born, Luke.
  • 1941 second child born, Elizabeth
  • 1945 worked with C.H. Carlisle to determine the structure of penicillin
  • 1946 third child born, Toby
  • 1947 elected a Fellow of the Royal Society
  • 1953 banned from entering the US
  • 1954 part of a team that published the structure of vitamin B12
  • 1956 awarded the Royal Medal by the Royal Society
  • 1960 appointed as the Royal Society’s Wolfson Research Professor
  • 1964 awarded the Nobel Prize for chemistry
  • 1965 awarded the Order of Merit
  • 1969 published the structure of insulin
  • 1970-1988 Chancellor of Bristol University
  • 1976-1988 president of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs
  • 1976 awarded the Copley Medal
  • 1978 received honorary Doctor of Science degree from University of Bath
  • 1985-1986 awarded the Lenin Peace Prize
  • 1994 29th July died following a stroke
  • 1996 featured in the ‘Women of Achievement’ series of postage stamps
  • 2010 featured in a series of postage stamps commemorating 350 years of the Royal Society