Publishing the helix

Francis Crick (1916–2004)
Polypeptides and proteins: X-ray studies
PhD thesis and enclosed paper on DNA: J. D. Watson and F. H. C. Crick, ‘Genetic implications of the structure of deoxyribonucleic acid’, Nature vol. 171 p. 964, 30 May 1953

Francis Crick came to Cambridge after the Second World War, which had interrupted his earlier studies in physics at London. He published the famous double-helix structure of the DNA molecule with James Watson shortly before completing his PhD, and enclosed a copy of the paper with his thesis.

Reproduced by kind permission of Gabrielle Crick

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