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Dr. Kennedy Francis Crick was a British biologist (1916-2004) who shared the 1962 Nobel prize in Medicine and Physiology with James Watson and Maurice Wilkins for "discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material." The discovery of the structure of DNA as a double helix by Watson and Crick with assists by Wilkins and, especially, by the uncredited Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958) who made what was perhaps the most important contribution to this work. Franklin provided X-ray diffraction images of DNA showing its structure. Without her contribution, it is unlikely that Watson, Crick and Wilkins would have been able to come up with the structure of DNA, at least at that time. The failure of Watson and Crick to credit Franklin is perhaps one of the great injustices in the history of medicine.



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