Dorothy Hodgkin: A Life

Dorothy Hodgkin: A Life

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Originally published by Granta Books UK hardback 1998, Granta Books UK paperback 1999, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press North America hardback and paperback 2000, Shanghai Scientific and Technical Educational Publishing (Chinese edition) 2004.

The first biography of Britain's only female prizewinning scientist.

Shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize and the Marsh Biography Award.

'This life of Hodgkin is in the top rank of scientific biographies' (Sunday Times)

'Ferry has brilliantly captured the flavour of a century of science' (New Scientist)

'Georgina Ferry gives us a genuinely illuminating account of Hodgkin's life, neatly balancing the personal with the scientific.' (Times Literary Supplement)

The Common Thread

The Common Thread: A story of science, politics, ethics and the human genome

With John Sulston

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Bantam Books UK hardback 2002, Corgi UK paperback 2003, Joseph Henry Press North American hardback 2003, editions in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish.

Nobel prizewinner Sir John Sulston's personal story of the battle to sequence the human genome and keep it as a common resource for all humankind.

Longlisted for the Samuel Johnson prize for non-fiction.

'A riveting account of what was going on behind the scenes ... anyone who is fascinated by the politics and ethics of research should read it.' (Financial Times)

'Unputdownable stuff... it is an insider's story of one of the century's greatest technopolitical ventures.' (The Times)

A Computer Called LEO

A computer called LEO: Lyons Teashops and the world’s first office computer

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Fourth Estate UK hardback 2003, HarperPerennial UK paperback 2004.

The astonishing story of the British company that built a computer to run its catering business and became an IT pioneer and competitor for IBM.

Selected for BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week, September 2003.

'One reads it with admiration and fascination, not just for Georgina Ferry's cool, poised and elegant storytelling, but for the people—the visionaries, the scientists, the engineers—who ... did something extraordinary because nobody had told them it couldn't be done.' (Daily Telegraph)

'Ferry tells the tale of Leo with her usual crisp style... The book weaves a very human tale with strands of scientific and social history' (The Guardian)

Max Perutz and the Secret of Life

Max Perutz and the Secret of Life

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Chatto & Windus UK hardback July 2007; Pimlico UK paperback June 2008; Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press North America hardback 2007.

The first biography of the refugee from Nazism who created the lab where Watson and Crick unravelled DNA, and who won the Nobel prize for understanding 'the breathing molecule' that makes blood red.

'The story of [Max's search for scientific enlightenment] is the substance of this engrossing biography by Georgina Ferry, who is rapidly turning into the most interesting science writer going.' (The Guardian)

seeing further

Seeing Further: The Story of Science and the Royal Society

Edited by Bill Bryson, HarperPress, UK hardback January 2010

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I contributed a chapter on 20th century X-ray crystallographers, including my previous biographical subjects Dorothy Hodgkin and Max Perutz, to a book edited by Bill Bryson and published in 2010 to mark the 350th anniversary of the Royal Society.

'This is a book of cerebral riches, heavy with history, to be consumed at leisure. It is also beautifully illustrated.’ (Tim Radford, Guardian)

oum guide

A Wonderland of Natural History: A souvenir guide

Oxford University Museum of Natural History, August 2011

Available from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History shop.