Guy Dodson FRS 1937-2012
Guy Dodson was head of NIMR’s Division of Protein Structure for 11 years, and established X-ray crystallography at NIMR. Dodson was born in Palmerston North, New Zealand on 13 January 1937, and gained a PhD at Auckland University College, for research combining x-ray analysis with analytical chemistry. In 1967 he came to the UK to do postdoctoral research in the Oxford University laboratory of Dorothy Hodgkin, where he established a world class reputation for his role in determining the structure of the hormone insulin, and linking this to its chemical and biological properties. In 1976 he established the University of York’s Structural Biology Laboratory, to pursue further research on the three-dimensional structure of biologically important proteins, including through collaboration with pharmaceutical companies. In 1993 he was invited to take up a joint appointment between NIMR and the University of York, to set up the NIMR Structural Biology Group. He retired in 2004, but continued his interest in structural biology right to the end of his life.