Programme de la Cérémonie d'ouverture de l'Année Internationale de Cristallographie

Message from the Director-General of UNESCO "Irina Bokova"

The year 2014 has been proclaimed the International Year of Crystallography. Exactly a century ago, it was discovered that X-rays could be used to ‘see’ the structure of matter in a non-intrusive manner. Today, X-ray crystallography has become the leading technique for studying the structure of matter at the atomic or molecular level.

Crystallography has shaped the history of the 20th century. It has made a vital contribution to our understanding of the very basis of life itself, notably through the work of Francis Crick and James Watson, who, with a valuable contribution from the

crystallographer Rosalind Franklin, revealed some 60 years ago that the structure of DNA was a double helix. In the past 50 years, the structures of more than 90,000 biological molecules have been revealed by crystallographers, with great ramifications for health care...


Opening ceremony program (PDF) - International Year of Crystallography 2014

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