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The Francis Crick Papers

Title:
Letter from Francis Crick to Nathan M. Pusey, Harvard University pdf (92,197 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Francis Crick to Nathan M. Pusey, Harvard University
Description:
In his letter to the president of Harvard University, Crick once more voiced his protest over Watson's intention to publish a personal account of their collaboration. Watson was on the Harvard faculty at the time, and Harvard University Press had agreed to publish his book.
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1 (92,197 Bytes)
Date:
1966-12-23 (December 23, 1966)
Creator:
Crick, Francis
Recipient:
Pusey, Nathan M.
Harvard University
Source:
Original Repository: Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers
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Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
DNA
Ethics, Professional
Exhibit Category:
The Discovery of the Double Helix, 1951-1953
Relation:
Metadata Record Letter from Nathan M. Pusey, Harvard University to Francis Crick (December 9, 1966) pdf (70,534 Bytes) transcript of pdf
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Metadata Record Letter from Nathan M. Pusey, Harvard University to Francis Crick (January 13, 1967) pdf (49,883 Bytes) transcript of pdf
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Box Number: 75
Folder Number: PP/CRI/I/3/8/4
Unique Identifier:
SCBBKW
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Publication
SubSeries: Other Publications
SubSubSeries: Watson, The Double Helix
Folder: [Correspondence Concerning Publication]
Transcript:
23rd December 1966.
Dear President Pusey,
It was kind of you to look into the matter of Watson's book. I am sorry that you are prepared to accept the smooth words of Mr. Wilson at their face value.
No matter how many outsiders may like Watson's book the fact remains that Wilkins and myself, the two people most closely involved, and who know what actually took place, are objecting to its publication. Lawrence Bragg, who originally consented to write an Introduction, has written in a letter to me, "I confess I have been increasingly worried about this book". My own reasons are set out in more detail in the enclosed copy of a letter to Watson dated the 10th October 1966. May I ask you to pass this copy of my letter to the Board of Syndics so that they may be aware of my objections.
This was not, however, the point about which I wrote to you. It is quite unprecedented for a scientist to publish an account of joint work to which his collaborators object. This is the ethical problem to which I wish to draw your attention, since it is the Harvard University Press which is planning publication. In your reply to me you ignored this point and I therefore presume you consider it unimportant. May I quote you to this effect?
Yours sincerely,
F.H.C. Crick.
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