Letter from Margaret Markham to Francis Crick


Title:
Letter from Margaret Markham to Francis Crick
Creator:
Markham, Margaret
Recipient:
Crick, Francis, 1916-2004
Date:
12 September 1979
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.
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:
Courtesy of the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine.
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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 Charlotte Friend to Francis Crick, 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
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:
SCBBQC
NLM ID:
101584582X228
Profiles Collection:
The Francis Crick Papers
Story Section:
The Discovery of the Double Helix, 1951-1953