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Letter from Aaron Klug to Francis Crick pdf (70,407 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Aaron Klug to Francis Crick
Description:
Aaron Klug, Rosalind Franklin's collaborator at Birkbeck college for the four years before her death in 1958, here clarified a potentially misleading statement Crick had made about Franklin's character and scientific method in his essay, "How to Live with a Golden Helix" (The Sciences, vol. 19, Sept. 1979, pp. 6-9), namely that she was rigid and lacked intuition. Crick and Watson have struggled on several occasions over the course of their careers to fully assess Franklin's personality and her contribution to the discovery of the DNA double helix.
Item is a photocopy.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (70,407 Bytes)
Date:
1979-09-18 (September 18, 1979)
Creator:
Klug, Aaron
Recipient:
Crick, Francis
Contributor:
Prepared: Brightwell, J. A.
Source:
Original Repository: Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers
URL: http://archives.wellcome.ac.uk/Exit
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Reproduced with permission of Aaron Klug.
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 Francis Crick to the Editor of The Sciences (October 2, 1979) pdf (87,356 Bytes) transcript of pdf
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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 (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:
SCBBPZ
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:
18 September 1979
Dear Francis,
Thanks for your letter of 5th September. A few days earlier I received a letter from Charlotte Friend enclosing her letter to The Sciences, and your article. A copy of my reply is enclosed.
However, now that you have raised the matter, I have read your article more carefully, and I do think there is one place where you are not quite fair to her. You say she was "too determined to be scientifically sound" and I think this will sound rather damning to most readers who will take the term literally. I would think by your criterion, large numbers of our colleagues could be equally found wanting. Perhaps you could change it in the book to be published. The fact is that in Paris she was quite ready to accept advice (from people like Mering, not only Luzzati), whereas the reaction she might have had to you yourself would, I imagine, have been coloured by her contacts with Jim.
I would suggest a phrase which suggested a lack of flexibility, because there was no doubt about the soundness of her work in the ordinary sense. An afterthought: I now see there is a second way in which your phrase could be read, namely she was determined to follow a conservative, X-ray analytical course and not allow other considerations to enter. Presumably this is what you intended, but even so, it could easily be misunderstood.
Yours ever,
A. Klug
(dictated by Dr. Klug and signed in his absence)
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