First piano lessons
First piano lessons
|1. Early childhood recollections about music||1527||02:49|
|2. First piano lessons||369||05:34|
|3. Going to school; talking about the Nazis||462||03:56|
|4. Becoming a soldier||373||03:48|
|5. Walking home at the end of the war||286||02:05|
|6. Choosing to become a scientist||350||01:06|
|7. Going to university; building a seismograph||265||04:11|
|8. Göttingen University and some of its professors||347||03:29|
|9. Thesis: The Specific Heat of Heavy Water||317||02:50|
|10. Thesis: building a calorimeter||233||03:21|
Nobel Prize winning German biophysicist Manfred Eigen is best known for his work on fast chemical reactions and his development of ways to accurately measure these reactions down to the nearest billionth of a second. He has published over 100 papers with topics ranging from hydrogen bridges of nucleic acids to the storage of information in the central nervous system.
Title: Early childhood recollections about music
Listeners: Ruthild Winkler-Oswatitch
Ruthild Winkler-Oswatitsch is the eldest daughter of the Austrian physicist Klaus Osatitsch, an internationally renown expert in gas dynamics, and his wife Hedwig Oswatitsch-Klabinus. She was born in the German university town of Gottingen where her father worked at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute of Aerodynamics under Ludwig Prandtl. After World War II she was educated in Stockholm, Sweden, where her father was then a research scientist and lecturer at the Royal Institute of Technology.
In 1961 Ruthild Winkler-Oswatitsch enroled in Chemistry at the Technical University of Vienna where she recieved her PhD. in 1969 with a dissertation on "Fast complex reactions of alkali ions with biological membrane carriers". The experimental work for her thesis was carried out at the Max Planck Institute for Physical Chemisty in Gottingen under Manfred Eigen.
From 1971 to the present Ruthild Winkler-Oswatitsch has been working as a research scientist at the Max Planck Institute in Gottingen in the department of Chemical Kinetics which is headed by Manfred Eigen. Her interest was first focused on an application of relaxation techniques to the study of fast biological reactions. Thereafter, she engaged in theoretical studies on molecular evolution and developed game models for representing the underlying chemical proceses. Together with Manfred Eigen she wrote the widely noted book "Laws of the Game" (Alfred A. Knopf Inc. 1981 and Princeton University Press, 1993) her more recent studies were concerned with comparative sequence analysis of nucleic acids, in order to find out the age of the genetic code and the time course of early evolution of life. For the last decade she has been succesfully establishing industrial applications in the field of evolutionary biotechnology.
Duration: 2 minutes, 49 seconds
Date story recorded: July 1997
Date story went live: 24 January 2008