Olga Kennard is an expert crystallographer who used X-ray diffraction to investigate organic and biological molecules. In particular, her work extended our understanding of alternative structures of DNA. Olga is dedicated to the advancement of chemistry and crystallography for the public benefit.
Olga believed passionately that the collective use of data would support the discovery of new knowledge. Thus, together with X-ray crystallography in molecular biology pioneer, John Bernal, Olga conceived the Cambridge Structural Database — one of the world’s oldest numeric scientific databases. She was made an OBE in 1988, and the Royal Society created the Olga Kennard Research Fellowship in crystallography in recognition of her work.