Letter from Francis Crick to Jerry Donohue


Title:
Letter from Francis Crick to Jerry Donohue
Creator:
Crick, Francis, 1916-2004
Recipient:
Donohue, Jerry
Date:
3 August 1970
Description:
Crick's letter referred to an account of the debate between Donohue and Maurice Wilkins and colleagues about the determination of DNA structure by Fourier synthesis of X-ray diffraction data published by an unnamed correspondent in the May 2, 1970 issue of Nature (vol.226, p. 404), and to Donohue's response (Nature, vol. 227, July 18, 1970, p.317).. Crick did not in fact publish the "considered article" he announced in his letter. However, in a retrospective, "The Double Helix: A Personal View," published in the April 26, 1974, issue of Molecular Biology (vol. 248, p.768), Crick summarized that Donohue, "whose advice was crucial to our understanding of base pairing, was a persistent critic of the validity of the later X-ray work, but in recent years he had carried it too far, refusing, for example, to admit as evidence the great accumulation of data showing that the two chains are antiparallel."
Original Repository:
The Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers
Location:
Box: 12. Folder: PP/CRI/D/2/11/1
Rights:
Reproduced with permission of the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. and http://library.wellcome.ac.uk/
Genre:
Letters (correspondence)
Subject:
DNA and Crystallography, X-Ray
Format:
Text
Extent:
1 pages
Relation:
Letter from Jerry Donohue to Francis Crick, 1970
Letter from Francis Crick to Jerry Donohue, 1970
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:
SCBBMY
NLM ID:
101584582X185
Profiles Collection:
The Francis Crick Papers
Story Section:
Embryology and the Organization of DNA in Higher Organisms, 1966-1976