- 1st January 2016
Kersten Hall studied Biochemistry at St. Anne's College, Oxford before embarking upon a PhD and a career as a molecular biologist in the School of Medicine at the University of Leeds. He is now an Honorary Fellow in the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science where his interests are in the history of molecular biology.
His book 'The Man in the Monkeynut Coat' (Oxford University Press, 2014) tells the story of the physicist William Astbury who, from initial studies of the molecular structure of wool fibres for the textile industries of West Yorkshire, went on to pioneer the emerging new science of molecular biology and made an early attempt to solve the structure of DNA.
The book was featured on a list of recommended titles for 2014 in The Guardian newspaper and was also shortlisted for the British Society for History of Science 2015 Dingle Prize.