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Put me on the 50 note as I Co-discovered the structure for DNA.
8 June 1916 – 28 July 2004
Molecular Biologist, Biophysicist, and Neuroscientist
A co-discoverer of the structure of the DNA molecule in 1953.
One sentence about me: I embraces my qualities and strive to achieve excellence in biomedical research
I was born in Northampton 1916 in a small village, I had a younger brother and went to the local school. My father and uncle ran the family boot and shoe factory. I loved to read books about Science and I enjoyed learning new skills with my uncle in the shed at the bottom of his garden such as glass blowing. When I was 14 years old I won the Walter Knox prize for Chemistry. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Physics when I was 21 from University College in London. I started my PhD, but the second World War halted that after a bomb fell through my lab roof and destroyed my experiment apparatus. I also worked in a lab during the war which designed mines for war.
Post war I became a molecular biologist, biophysicist, and neuroscientist. I was a co-discoverer of the helical structure of the DNA molecule in 1953 with James Watson, Rosalind Franklin and Maurice Wilkins. We were jointly awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, for our discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material.
I am also known for the use of the term “central dogma” to summarize the idea that once information is transferred from nucleic acids (DNA or RNA) to proteins, it cannot flow back to nucleic acids. In other words, the final step in the flow of information from nucleic acids to proteins is irreversible.
During my life I married twice, fathered three children and was grandfather to six grandchildren. In my final career years, I was a Research Professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California. My research was centred on theoretical neurobiology and attempts to advance the scientific study of human consciousness. I remained in this job until I sadly passed away in 2004 when I lost my battle with Colon cancer.
Vote for me:
Please vote for me and my life long dedication and love for Science.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Intelligent, Curious and Strives to acheive excellence
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Co-discovering the DNA molecule structure, which is shaped like a twisted lader. I did this with James Watson. I also had help from Rosalind Franklin and Maurice Wilkins
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
James Watson a great friend from 1951 when I was 23 years old. We both shared an interest in the fundamental question of how genetic information could be stored in molecular form which resulted in us working out the DNA structure.
Were you ever in trouble for anything?
I also worked on the X-ray Crystallography of protiens, worked on studying how the human brain worked and the central dogma which is a flow of genetic information.
Tell us something people might not know about me?
My uncle, Walter Crick had a shed at the bottom of his little garden where in my younger days he taught me to blow glass, do chemical experiments and to make photographic prints.
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Being a Nobel Prize winner
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