Alexander George Ogston

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Alexander George Ogston
Born (1911-01-30)January 30, 1911
Bombay, British India
Died June 29, 1996(1996-06-29) (aged 85)
Fields Biochemistry
Institutions Australian National University
Doctoral advisor Ronald Percy Bell
Known for Three-point attachment theory
Notable awards Fellow of the Royal Society
Davy Medal (1986)
Spouse Elizabeth Wickstead

Alexander George Ogston FRS[1] (30 January 1911 – 29 June 1996) was a biochemist who specialised in the thermodynamics of biological systems.[2] He was particularly interested in connective tissue and the use of physico-chemical methods to study the size, weight and structure of molecules. He made the "three-point attachment" contribution to stereochemistry. His grandfather was Sir Alexander Ogston, a Scottish surgeon.[2]


Ogston was educated at Eton College and Balliol College, Oxford. Apart from a period as Freedom Research Fellow at the London Hospital, he spent most of his career at Oxford, being appointed Demonstrator (1938) and Reader (1955) in Biochemistry, and Fellow and Tutor in Physical Chemistry at Balliol (1937). In 1959, he took up an appointment as Professor of Physical Biochemistry at the John Curtin School of Medical Research at the Australian National University, Canberra, where he remained until 1970, when he returned to Oxford as President of Trinity College. On his retirement in 1978, he held visiting fellowships at the Institute for Cancer Research, Philadelphia and the John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU. Ogston was elected FRS in 1955 [1](Davy Medal 1986).


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Academic offices
Preceded by
Arthur Lionel Pugh Norrington
President of Trinity College, Oxford
Succeeded by
Anthony Quinton