Letter from Margaret Markham to Francis Crick


Title:
Letter from Margaret Markham to Francis Crick
Description:
Markham here joined others in criticizing what she considered misleading statements Crick had made in his essay, "How to Live with a Golden Helix" (The Sciences, vol. 19, Sept. 1979, pp. 6-9), regarding Rosalind Franklin's approach to science, namely that her alleged rigidity of character, a result of her upbringing, made her overly concerned with producing definitive experimental evidence before drawing conclusions, and unwilling to trust intuition. Even though Crick became a friend of Franklin's during the last five years of her life, he often struggled 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.
Extent:
1 pages
Date Created:
12 September 1979
Creator:
Markham, Margaret (Margaret Markham)
Recipient:
Crick, Francis, 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:
Rights Could Not Be Determined - Release
Right Statement:
Courtesy of the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine.
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Subject:
Crystallography, X-Ray and DNA
Profiles in Science ID:
SCBBQC
NLM ID:
101584582X228
Genre:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
Text
Location:
Box: 23. Folder: PP/CRI/D/2/18