Maurice Wilkins: The Third Man of the Double Helix: An Autobiography

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OUP Oxford, Jul 14, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 314 pages
The Nobel Prize for the discovery of the structure of DNA was given to three scientists - James Watson, Francis Crick, and Maurice Wilkins. It was the experimental work of Wilkins and his colleague Rosalind Franklin that provided the clues to the structure. Here, Wilkins, who died in 2004, gives us his own account of his life, his early work in physics, the tensions and exhilaration of working on DNA, and his much discussed difficult relationship with his colleague Rosalind. This is a highly readable, and often moving account from a highly distinguished scientist who played one of the key roles in the historic discovery of the molecule behind inheritance.

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wilkins gets a bad rap -- and he knew it when he wrote this autobiography. some parts were strategically vague (my opinion) but the book offered his side of ths story, which was never touched upon ... Read full review

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scovery of the double helical structure of DNA. He was the guy who really got the study of the x-ray diffraction studies going, and showed that the features seen were universal to a variety of ... Read full review



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Professor Maurice Wilkins, who died in 2004, was Emeritus Professor of Biophysics at King's College London.

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