Letter from Charlotte Friend to Francis Crick


Title:
Letter from Charlotte Friend to Francis Crick
Creator:
Friend, Charlotte
Recipient:
Crick, Francis, 1916-2004
Date:
11 September 1979
Description:
Friend here criticized a potentially misleading statement Crick had made in his retrospective, "How to Live with a Golden Helix" (The Sciences, vol. 19, Sept. 1979, pp. 6-9), about Rosalind Franklin's approach to science, namely that she was overly concerned with producing definitive experimental evidence before drawing conclusions. Even though Crick became a friend of Franklin's during the last five years of her life, he found it difficult to fully assess her role in the discovery of the DNA double helix. He and Watson had relied on her experimental evidence in their discovery, but had done so without her knowledge and without giving her full credit in their first published accounts of the DNA structure.
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 Mount Sinai Medical Center. Archives.
Genre:
Letters (correspondence)
Subject:
Crystallography, X-Ray and DNA
Format:
Text
Extent:
1 pages
Relation:
How to Live with a Golden Helix, 1979
Letter from Francis Crick to the Editor of The Sciences, 1979
Letter from Charlotte Friend to the Editor of The Sciences, 1979
Letter from Francis Crick to Charlotte Friend, 1979
Letter from Aaron Klug to Francis Crick, 1979
Letter from Aaron Klug to Francis Crick, 1979
Letter from Margaret Markham to Francis Crick, 1979
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:
SCBBQB
NLM ID:
101584582X227
Profiles Collection:
The Francis Crick Papers
Story Section:
The Discovery of the Double Helix, 1951-1953