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Letter from Charlotte Friend to Francis Crick pdf (67,978 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Charlotte Friend to Francis Crick
Description:
Friend here criticized a potentially misleading statement Crick had made in his retrospective, "How to Live with a Golden Helix" (The Sciences, vol. 19, Sept. 1979, pp. 6-9), about Rosalind Franklin's approach to science, namely that she was overly concerned with producing definitive experimental evidence before drawing conclusions. Even though Crick became a friend of Franklin's during the last five years of her life, he found it difficult to fully assess her role in the discovery of the DNA double helix. He and Watson had relied on her experimental evidence in their discovery, but had done so without her knowledge and without giving her full credit in their first published accounts of the DNA structure.
Item is a photocopy.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (67,978 Bytes)
Date:
1979-09-11 (September 11, 1979)
Creator:
Friend, Charlotte
Recipient:
Crick, Francis
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 the Mount Sinai Medical Center. Archives.
Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Crystallography, X-Ray
DNA
Exhibit Categories:
Biographical Information
The Discovery of the Double Helix, 1951-1953
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 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
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Box Number: 23
Folder Number: PP/CRI/D/2/18
Unique Identifier:
SCBBQB
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:
September 11, 1979
Dear Dr. Crick:
Thank you for your letter of September 5th.
Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Rosalind, I know from a number of her colleagues and from the books written about her, that you were a good friend to her. You were especially kind during her illness and, had she lived a few years longer, she would most likely have received the recognition she deserved. However, your article reflects the fact that you have never accepted her as a first-class scientist. You mention her not in association with the Kings College data which you found so encouraging, but only as a person who obstructed progress. In particular, you stress that she was "too determined to be scientifically sound" although all researchers strive for scientific soundness. I would have had the same negative reaction to such singling out of any scientist, regardless of gender.
I would be most interested in Dr. Klug's response to your letter.
Sincerely yours,
Charlotte Friend, Ph.D.
Professor
Director, Center for Experimental Cell Biology
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2009-12-10
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