Steve Harding DSc Oxford (b. Wirral, 1955) is an expert on Macromolecules (proteins, carbohydrate polymers and DNA) and the methodologies used to see how they behave in solution. Trained by the man who discovered hydrogen bonds in DNA (JM Creeth), he instigated the DNA survey of NW England looking for Viking ancestry in the old population, working with colleagues at Leicester University and engaging heavily with the public & heritage organisations. He is a member of the "Saving Oseberg" Reference Group, contributing his expertise in complex carbohydrate characterisation in helping save one of Norway's national treasures. He was recently honoured by King Harald V.
This has often been discribed as the "bible" for modern AUC - from the opening chapter (Schachman) which sets the scene for the future of the AUC, together with the technical explanations of the "new" at the time Beckman XL-A (Giebeler) setting the tone for the cutting-edge science to come in later chapters. Although the theoretical science aspects of the chapters of Harding, et. al.; Garcia del la Torre; Freire; Stafford and Rowe require extensive reading, the information is of great interest to the experimental scientist. Together with the more practical chapters of Harding; Lavrenko et. al. and Roxby this gives the book as a whole the correct balance between theory and experiment as neither would be of any value wityhout the other.
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