Letter from Francis Crick to Nathan M. Pusey, Harvard University
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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1966-12-23 (December 23, 1966)
Pusey, Nathan M.
Original Repository: Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers
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?