Prizewinning excuse

July 12, 2002

The fragrant Mary Archer has been given the opportunity to correct two errors she made in the obituary of Max Perutz that she wrote for Chemistry in Britain .

In a letter to this month's issue, she tells how Perutz asked Nobel laureate Linus Pauling why he had missed the discovery that brought Perutz the prize. Pauling said: "I think of most things but not everything" - an excuse that Dr Archer borrowed for herself.

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