Letter from James D. Watson to Maurice Wilkins


Title:
Letter from James D. Watson to Maurice Wilkins
Description:
In this letter Watson tried to counter Wilkins' criticism of his proposed personal account of the discovery of the double helix as insensitive, idiosyncratic, and detrimental to the public's understanding of science by insisting that the book "will do far more good than harm" by giving an unvarnished portrait of scientific ambition, competition, failure, and success. Watson hoped that "a nasty open battle" between him, Wilkins, and Crick over the book would be avoided.. NOTE: This copy of a letter from Watson was sent to Crick by Wilkins for his review.. NOTE: The first page of the original photocopy is faded and inconsistently printed.
Extent:
2 pages
Date Created:
28 November 1966
Creator:
Watson, James D. (James D. Watson)
Recipient:
Wilkins, Maurice, 1916-2004
Source:
Original Repository. Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers. 11646. URL. http://archives.wellcome.ac.uk/
Original Repository:
The Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers
Right Type:
Permission Granted - No Conditions
Right Statement:
Reproduced with permission of James D. Watson.
Subject:
DNA and Ethics, Professional
Profiles in Science ID:
SCBBLB
NLM ID:
101584582X147
Genre:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
Text
Location:
Box: 75. Folder: PP/CRI/I/3/8/4