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Bernal and the Social Function of Science

Alternative title
Social Function of Science, The
Synopsis
Chris Freeman, the founder and first director of the Science Policy Research Unit, introduces John Bernal, the father of the protein crystallography techniques that enabled the double helix structure of DNA to be unravelled. He discusses the major impact on scientific research in the post-war industrialised economics by Bernal’s ‘The Social Function of Science’. The presentation and ensuing debate also probe the complex political pressures to which Bernal was subject between 1930 and 1960. [30 minutes]
Series
Vega Science Masterclasses, Series
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Year of production
1996
Availability
Sale
Subjects
Biology; Chemistry
Keywords
Bernal, John Desmond (1901-1971); DNA; history of science; scientific research

Online availability

URI
http://vega.org.uk/video/programme/86
Price
free
Delivery
Streamed

Credits

Director
Peter Howell
Writer
Chriss Freeman
Contributor
Harold Kroto
Cast
Chriss Freeman 

Production Company

Name

Lane End Productions

Name

University of Sussex Media Services Unit

Sponsor

Name

COPUS

Notes
Committee on the Public Understanding of Science
Name

PPARC

Email
pr.pus@pparc.ac.uk
Web
http://www.pparc.ac.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
01793 442110
Fax
01793 442002
Address
Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council
Polaris House
North Star Avenue
Swindon
SN2 1SZ
Name

University of Sussex

Web
http://www.sussex.ac.uk External site opens in new window
Name

Vega Science Trust

Distributor

Name

Vega Science Trust

Email
vega@vega.org.uk
Web
http://www.vega.org.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
01273 678 726
Address
Sussex Innovation Centre
Science Park Square
Brighton
BN1 9SB
Notes
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