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Max Perutz
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    (May 19, 1914-February 6, 2002)
    Born in Vienna, Austria
    Founded the Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) at Cambridge (1947)
    Co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for determining the structure of hemoglobin (1962)
    During World War II, he worked on Project Habakkuk, an attempt to build an aircraft carrier out of ice that (surprise!) proved to be impractical.
    He ate only soft foods, such as overripe bananas and cold boiled potatoes.
    After winning the Nobel Prize, he observed, 'Many call me a famous scientist, but few know what I am supposed to be famous for.'
    He was married to Gisela Peiser for 59 years.
    He was an expert skier and mountaineer, which he put to scientific use as a member of a team studying how snow converted to ice in Swiss glaciers (1938).
    When he was detained as an enemy alien at the outbreak of WWII, Lord Mountbatten personally intervened to get his naturalization expedited.
    As head of the LMB, he minimized bureaucracy, saying that 'mountains of futile paperwork' killed creativity.
    He submitted his last scientific paper for publication less than two months before his death.
    He said, 'A discovery is like falling in love and reaching the top of a mountain after a hard climb all in one.'

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