The Discovery of the Structure of DNA


Title:
The Discovery of the Structure of DNA
Creator:
Crick, Francis, 1916-2004
Date:
[ca. 1959]
Description:
These lecture notes were likely prepared during Crick's appointment as Visiting Professor of Chemistry at Harvard University from February 1 to June 30, 1959. Note (p.3) Crick's mention of a mimeographed report by the Medical Research Council that gave the unit cell dimension of DNA, essential information for discerning the double-helical structure of DNA and the anti-parallel direction of its two strands. The reference was to the report by the MRC's biophysics committee on its visit to King's College's Biophysics Unit on December 15, 1952, which included a description of Rosalind Franklin's crystallographic DNA work and her determination of the unit cell. Watson and Crick were shown the report by Max Perutz, a member of the visiting committee, without Franklin's knowledge.
Original Repository:
The Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers
Location:
Box: 72. Folder: PP/CRI/H/1/42/2
Rights:
Reproduced with permission of the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. and http://library.wellcome.ac.uk/
Genre:
Lecture notes
Subject:
DNA
Format:
Text
Extent:
6 pages
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:
SCBBFR
NLM ID:
101584582X63
Profiles Collection:
The Francis Crick Papers
Story Section:
The Discovery of the Double Helix, 1951-1953