Dr. Pethig holds a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Southampton and another in chemistry from the University
of Nottingham. He has been a lecturer in electronic engineering at the University of Wales, Bangor, and has also served as
director of the Institute of Molecular and Biomolecular Electronics, and dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering there.
His early interest in the electronic properties of biological materials led him to contact Albert Szent-Gyorgyi in 1975, and
he became a regular visitor and participant in Szent-Gyorgyi's research projects at the Woods Hole laboratory until Szent-Gyorgyi's
death in 1986.
In this interview, Dr. Pethig discusses his first meeting with Szent-Gyorgyi, Szent-Gyorgyi's approach to science and
views on the importance of quantum biology, and Pethig's role in researching some of Szent-Gyorgyi's theories, and
also reflects on Szent-Gyorgyi's controversial status in the scientific community.
NOTE: An index to the transcript is located on pages 54-56.
NOTE: This interview is part of a series of NLM oral histories conducted with colleagues and friends of Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
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2004-08-20 (August 20, 2004)
Interviewer: Kinnane, Adrian
History Associates Incorporated
Reproduced with permission of Ronald Pethig.
The National Foundation for Cancer Research, 1973-1986