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Source of Light – and Inspiration

While the world hurries to congratulate the 2018 Nobel Prize winners, we’re still celebrating Richard Henderson, who, along with Jacques Dubochet and Joachim Frank, won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry “for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution (1).” Why? On September 12, 2018, Henderson officially opened Diamond Light Source’s electron bio-imaging centre (eBIC) in Cambridge, UK. The event coincided with the announcement of a partnership between Diamond and Thermo Fisher Scientific, which adds two new microscopes and professional cryo-EM services specifically for the pharmaceutical industry.

The additional capacity makes eBIC one of the largest cryo-EM sites in the world – a true nod to the technology’s fast-growing significance in structural biology. Rich Whitworth, Content Director of The Analytical Scientist, was given the opportunity for a brief one-on-one with the Nobel laureate.

Courtesy of Diamond Light Source.

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Rich Whitworth

Rich Whitworth completed his studies in medical biochemistry at the University of Leicester, UK, in 1998. To cut a long story short, he escaped to Tokyo to spend five years working for the largest English language publisher in Japan. "Carving out a career in the megalopolis that is Tokyo changed my outlook forever. When seeing life through such a kaleidoscopic lens, it's hard not to get truly caught up in the moment." On returning to the UK, after a few false starts with grey, corporate publishers, Rich was snapped up by Texere Publishing, where he spearheaded the editorial development of The Analytical Scientist. "I feel honored to be part of the close-knit team that forged The Analytical Scientist – we've created a very fresh and forward-thinking publication." Rich is now also Content Director of Texere Publishing, the company behind The Analytical Scientist.

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