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The Francis Crick Papers

Title:
Letter from Francis Crick to the Editor of The Sciences pdf (87,356 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Francis Crick to the Editor of The Sciences
Description:
As this short note illustrates, Crick and Watson have struggled on several occasions over the course of their careers to fully assess the contribution to the exposition of the DNA double helix made by Rosalind Franklin, on whose experimental evidence they relied without her knowledge. Even here, Crick cited the words of Aaron Klug, Franklin's former collaborator, rather than use his own words, to clarify a potentially misleading statement Crick had made about Franklin's approach to science in in his retrospective, "How to Live With a Golden Helix" (The Sciences, vol. 19, Sept. 1979, pp. 6-9).
Item is a photocopy.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (87,356 Bytes)
Date:
1979-10-02 (October 2, 1979)
Creator:
Crick, Francis
Recipient:
Sciences
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):
Crystallography, X-Ray
DNA
Exhibit Categories:
The Discovery of the Double Helix, 1951-1953
Biographical Information
Relation:
Metadata Record How to Live with a Golden Helix (September 1979) pdf (601,224 Bytes) ocr (19,101 Bytes)
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Metadata Record Letter from Charlotte Friend to the Editor of The Sciences (December 1979) pdf (55,809 Bytes) transcript of pdf
/ps/access/SCBCDW.pdf
Metadata Record Letter from Charlotte Friend to Francis Crick (September 11, 1979) pdf (67,978 Bytes) transcript of pdf
/ps/access/SCBBQB.pdf
Metadata Record Letter from Francis Crick to Charlotte Friend (September 18, 1979) pdf (108,288 Bytes) transcript of pdf
/ps/access/SCBBXT.pdf
Metadata Record Letter from Aaron Klug to Francis Crick (September 18, 1979) pdf (70,407 Bytes) transcript of pdf
/ps/access/SCBBPZ.pdf
Metadata Record Letter from Aaron Klug to Francis Crick (October 9, 1979) pdf (113,958 Bytes) transcript of pdf
/ps/access/SCBBXS.pdf
Metadata Record Letter from Margaret Markham to Francis Crick (September 12, 1979) pdf (123,113 Bytes) transcript of pdf
/ps/access/SCBBQC.pdf
Box Number: 23
Folder Number: PP/CRI/D/2/18
Unique Identifier:
SCBBPY
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Correspondence
SubSeries: Individual Correspondents
Folder: Correspondence with Aaron Klug
Transcript:
October 2, 1979
Dear Sir,
It has been pointed out to me, in particular by Dr. Aaron Klug, that part of a sentence I wrote in 'How to Live with a Golden Helix' (your September issue) is ambiguous. The sentence refers to Rosalind Franklin and reads: "She was . . . too determined to be scientifically sound and to avoid short cuts." I meant this to mean (using Klug's words) that "she was determined to follow a conservative, x-ray analytical course and not allow other considerations to enter." However it could be read to mean that she was too determined, and therefore was not scientifically sound. This was not my intention. There is (again to quote Klug) "no doubt about the soundness of her work in the ordinary sense."
I am sorry for this misunderstanding.
Yours sincerely,
F.H.C. Crick
Kieckhefer Research Professor
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2008-05-13
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