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He lived by this policy when he began his research on haemoglobin, which required a computer.
Robin Perutz, his son, narrated this to us in a room at the Royal Institution in London, lined from ceiling to floor with grand hardbound academic journals, decades in the making. Max Perutz wanted science to be accessible and both entertain and inform wider audiences, whose lives were improved by research, without being riddled by jargon.
This is called science communication, seen across formats such as TV, radio, and of course, writing. Be it press releases, magazines, books or even blogs, writing is instrumental in keeping everyone informed on why research is important.
In an word compelling essay you have to say what your research is and why it should matter. This year over a hundred essays were submitted and narrowed down to fourteen by a judging panel rife with high ranking science journalists.
On an ordinary September morning I became one of those fourteen.
It felt out of my depth. With a flight in a few hours, I rigorously edited my essay while calling it names, spewing enraged type while making my partner read it repeatedly. I was an angry writer and something was missing.
He then gave me the best advice: Show the humans involved in and impacted by the research, let their voices appear through words.
So I wrote in their roles, their stories and quotes, and submitted half asleep. The implications of this were that my words had been appreciated by those at the height of science writing, that I was going to attend a prestigious masterclass and an award ceremony brimming with scientific minds, and that my essay would be publicised by the MRC.
I was on the nerdiest high possible. Attending the ceremony with my ecstatic mother, I mingled with shortlisted candidates, their guests and supervisors, the judging panel, the organising team and Prof. Robin Perutz and his wife. Conversation in the air discussed genes, prototypes and breakthroughs while I gaped in awe.
And when people remembered my essay I was shocked at the impact. They reflected on how eye opening they found the problem of not accounting for culture in dementia assessment, how necessary this research was. When the ceremony began Prof. Robin gave us a history of Dr. Max while pictures appeared on the projector screen, drawing out the similarities between father and son.
When they stated our names I was overwhelmed by my fellow shortlistersfrom institutions such as Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, their essays alluringly titled: What lies at the end of the yellow brick road? Essays that proposed sunshine as an antidepressant, promoted the preservation of placenta, explored childhood obesity in South Africa.
I proudly represented Manchester but my essay and I were feeling nervous.Max Perutz Science Writing Award The Max Perutz Science Writing Award aims to encourage and recognise outstanding written communication among Medical Research Council (MRC) PhD.
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Dr. Max Perutz wanted science to be accessible and both entertain and inform wider audiences, whose lives were improved by research, without being riddled by jargon.