In this letter Crick proposed a three-way division of topics to be addressed by Watson, Maurice Wilkins, and himself in their
respective Nobel Prize lectures, which they were to deliver on December 10, 1962.
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1962-10-30 (October 30, 1962)
Watson, James D.
Original Repository: Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers
It was nice of you to ring up on the 18th. I'm sorry if I was incoherent, but there was so much noise I could hardly
hear what you said. I hear you had a good party the next day and also that you plan to spend the prize on women!
This is mainly to discuss the question of the prize lectures, as we have to divide the subject between us. I feel that Maurice
should deal with the actual structure. Personally I am against anything in the way of a historical account of the work.
Actually the citation includes "its significance for information transfer". Do you think that you should talk about
messenger RNA, and that I should discuss the acridine mutants and the light they shed on the code? I feel it would be foolish
to include mechanism of DNA replication as Kornberg covered that. However, I expect you have your own ideas.
I have been approached by Science and by Angewandte Chemie for permission to publish my prize lecture (the latter in a German
translation). I said I ought to consult you and Maurice about this. What do you feel?
Odile and Michael and the two little girls are all coming. The program looks very strenuous, but I'm told it's all