‘Crystallography shaped the history of 20th century’
A workshop was conducted on the significance of crystallography in connection with the International Year of Crystallography at Girls High School, King Market, and at Sri Lakshmi School in the city on Saturday and Sunday.
Scientists M.S. Rajesh of Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, and N. Padmaja of Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, conducted the workshops explaining the significance of crystallography to students.
The scientists explained that crystallography, an imaging technique that allows the scientists to view atoms, ions and molecules in crystals, shaped the history of 20th century. Many exciting discoveries, such as DNA structure, applications in pharmaceutical science, medical chemistry and material research were possible due to crystallography, they said. Every aspect of the science in the last century was touched by crystallography, and its impact on physics, chemistry, biology and engineering is enormous, they said. More than 25 Nobel Prizes were awarded for the discoveries relating to crystallography. They said the International Union of Crystallography is planning activities in Asian and African countries to popularise the research in the area.
The guests gave away prizes to the winners of quiz and other contests.