Prof Eleanor Dodson

Development of crystallographic methods for macromolecular crystallography

Professor Eleanor Dodson has played a key role in the development of mathematical and computational techniques to define crystallography. Her career began in the 1960s when she was recruited for her mathematical skills to work with the Nobel Prize-winner Dorothy Hodgkin’s group at Oxford, which in 1969 solved the structure of insulin. She arrived in York in 1976 with her husband Guy Dodson and has seen the research group grow rapidly to become the York Structural Biology Laboratory, with around 70 members.
Her pioneering work to develop analytical tools that allow non-experts to access modern crystallographic techniques led to her election as Fellow of the Royal Society in 2003.