Letter from Maurice H. F. Wilkins to James D. Watson


Title:
Letter from Maurice H. F. Wilkins to James D. Watson
Creator:
Wilkins, Maurice, 1916-2004
Recipient:
Watson, James D., 1928-
Date:
6 October 1966
Description:
Wilkins shared Crick's objections to the publication of Watson's The Double Helix (first called Honest Jim, an ironic and self-deprecating title Watson chose to meet criticism of his and Crick's insufficiently acknowledged use of experimental evidence by other researchers, particularly Rosalind Franklin). Wilkins complained that the book gave a distorted idea of scientists and their methods in part because "[t]he DNA story is not typical of scientific discovery," but was "unusually involved with personal difficulties."
Original Repository:
The Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers
Location:
Box: 75. Folder: PP/CRI/I/3/8/4
Rights:
Reproduced with permission of Maurice H. F. Wilkins.
Genre:
Letters (correspondence)
Subject:
DNA and Ethics, Professional
Format:
Text
Extent:
2 pages
Language:
English
Legacy Source Citation:
Original Repository. Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers. 11646. URL. http://archives.wellcome.ac.uk/
Legacy ID:
SCBBLN
NLM ID:
101584582X155
Profiles Collection:
The Francis Crick Papers
Story Section:
The Discovery of the Double Helix, 1951-1953