Writing to congratulate Kornberg on receiving a Nobel Prize, Francis Crick also provided an update on the current work of
his colleagues Max Perutz and John Kendrew. In 1962, Perutz and Kendrew would share the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their
work on the structures of proteins such as hemoglobin and myoglobin; Crick would share the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology
with James Watson and Maurice Wilkins, for the discovery of the structure of DNA.
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1959-10-17 (October 17, 1959)
University of Cambridge. Cavendish Laboratory
Original Repository: Stanford University Libraries. Department of Special Collections and University Archives. Arthur Kornberg Papers
Reproduced with permission of Gabrielle Crick.
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Awards and Prizes
The Synthesis of DNA, 1953-1959
Oct. 17th, 1959
We were delighted to hear the wonderful news of the Nobel award. My warmest congratulations. As you may (or may not!) know,
you are my favorite biochemist, and everybody here agrees with me that it was very well deserved, especially for all the recent
DNA work. Will you be coming to Cambridge on your trip to Sweden? We'd love to see you, and hear the latest developments.
When I got back here I found that Max & John's work
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had gone, if anything, faster than anticipated. Max, who has a Fourier to 6 angstroms resolution, can see that haemoglobin
is, structurally, very like 4 myoglobin units; and John, who has a Fourier to 2 angstroms, can see several pieces of (right-handed)
alpha-helix. It seems almost certain that within two years he will have found the complete configuration of myoglobin.
Odile sends her best wishes, with mine, to you and your wife.