Letter from Francis Crick to Alexander Rich


Title:
Letter from Francis Crick to Alexander Rich
Creator:
Crick, Francis, 1916-2004
Recipient:
Rich, Alexander
Date:
4 September 1974
Description:
In his letter Crick tried to establish the sequence of events and of discoveries in the competitive race between Rich and Aaron Klug for the determination of the structure of transfer RNA. Crick charged that Rich had used details of Aaron Klug's model of phenylalanine transfer RNA of yeast without proper acknowledgement.. Crick had a reputation for scrupulously acknowledging credit that belonged to other researchers, refusing, for example, to add his name to articles by researchers in his laboratory if his contribution had not been a substantial one. In the competitive quest for the structure of tRNA between two of his long-time collaborators, he similarly saw himself as arbiter and as guardian of the professional ethics of scientists.
Original Repository:
The Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers
Location:
Box: 23. Folder: PP/CRI/D/2/18
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:
RNA, Transfer and Ethics, Professional
Format:
Text
Extent:
2 pages
Relation:
Letter from Alexander Rich to Francis Crick, 1974
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:
SCBBPN
NLM ID:
101584582X216
Profiles Collection:
The Francis Crick Papers
Story Section:
Embryology and the Organization of DNA in Higher Organisms, 1966-1976