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The Francis Crick Papers

Title:
Letter from Charlotte Friend to the Editor of The Sciences pdf (55,809 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Charlotte Friend to the Editor of The Sciences
Description:
Item is a photocopy.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (55,809 Bytes)
Date:
1979-12 (December 1979)
Creator:
Friend, Charlotte
Recipient:
Sciences
Source:
Periodical: Friend, Charlotte. Letter from Charlotte Friend to the Editor of The Sciences. The Sciences, (December 1979): 3. Letter (correspondence). 1 Image.
Publisher:
New York Academy of Sciences
Rights:
Reproduced with permission of Mount Sinai Medical Center.
Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
DNA
Crystallography, X-Ray
Exhibit Category:
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)
/ps/access/SCBCDV.pdf
Metadata Record Letter from Francis Crick to the Editor of The Sciences (October 2, 1979) pdf (87,356 Bytes) transcript of pdf
/ps/access/SCBBPY.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 Margaret Markham to Francis Crick (September 12, 1979) pdf (123,113 Bytes) transcript of pdf
/ps/access/SCBBQC.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
Unique Identifier:
SCBCDW
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Folder: [Selected articles collected by NLM]
Transcript:
LETTERS
Rosalind Franklin's Contribution
I enjoyed Francis Crick's breezy article on "How to Live with a Golden Helix" [September 1979]. However, it reveals that the years have not served to remove the thorn in his side. He still feels the need to justify his condescension toward Rosalind Franklin.
Methinks the gentleman doth protest too much. Why did he select her as the only member of the motley crew of characters for a sly personal assault? Was it that he found it disturbing to have "the Liberated Woman" cast as one of the stars? That Rosalind Franklin did not choose to collaborate with him, as is implied, was her prerogative. It is irrelevant to the fact that she made fundamental contributions to the solution of the structure of DNA. Most scientists are familiar with "difficulties and failures" encountered in the course of their studies. Coping with them is part of the game. Crick does acknowledge that "the experimental data from King's College, when we finally saw them, were a great encouragement," but this time no names are mentioned. Incidentally, "when we finally saw them" is a phrase of special significance, for, as is well known from the description of this incident in Watson's The Double Helix, access was first gained to Franklin's data without her knowledge.
The reader is referred to the articles by Franklin's colleague, Dr. Aaron Klug (Nature 219: 808-810, 843-844, 1968, and Nature 248: 787-788, 1974) for the scientific rather than the anecdotal account of her accomplishments.
CHARLOTTE FRIEND
The Mount Sinai Medical Center
New York City
THE SCIENCES / DECEMBER 1979 3
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