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Letter from Francis Crick to Lord Charles Percy Snow pdf (53,985 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Francis Crick to Lord Charles Percy Snow
The lecture to which Crick referred in this letter was in part a response to the work of William Shockley and, particularly, of Arthur Jensen on what they considered the biological basis for differences in educational and economic achievement among different racial groups. Crick's usage of racial designations followed conventions still prevailing in the 1960s.
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1969-04-17 (April 17, 1969)
Crick, Francis
Snow, Lord Charles Percy
Original Repository: Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers
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Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Continental Population Groups
Exhibit Category:
Embryology and the Organization of DNA in Higher Organisms, 1966-1976
Metadata Record Letter from Lord Charles Percy Snow to Francis Crick (April 10, 1969) pdf (76,043 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Box Number: 11
Folder Number: PP/CRI/D/1/1/18
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Letters (correspondence)
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Series: Correspondence
SubSeries: Alphabetical Correspondence
SubSubSeries: Correspondence 1
Folder: Correspondence S
17 April 1969
Dear Charles
I gave a talk to University College on 'The Social Impact of Biology' and the BBC subsequently broadcast a shortened version of it. As I covered a very broad range of topics I decided not to publish it, and no manuscript exists as I spoke from notes. As far as I remember I said that the biological evidence was that all men were not created equal, and it would not only be difficult to try to do this, but biologically undesirable. As an aide I said that the evidence for the equality of different races did not really exist. In fact, what little evidence there was suggested racial differences.
Had I enlarged on the subject I would have dwelt on the probable positive differences, such as, for example, the Jews and the Japs, rather than speak only about Negroes. From what I hear you have bean saying something along these lines. I would certainly love to see what you've written when you're satisfied with it.
F.H.C. Crick
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