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On the Lighter Side => Famous Scientists, Doctors and Inventors => Topic started by: paulat on 26/09/2002 17:53:43

Title: Watson and Crick
Post by: paulat on 26/09/2002 17:53:43
Are Watson and Crick still alive, I only ask as it is the 50th anniversary of their discovery of DNA next year.

Be interested if anyone knows ?
Title: Re: Watson and Crick
Post by: Donnah on 03/04/2003 04:41:16
Yes, James Watson and Francis Crick are both still alive.  Unfortunately Rosalind Franklin (whose x-rays were critical in determining the structure of DNA) died in 1958.  There's a good article in TIME magazine's February 17, 2003 Canadian Edition commemerating the 50th anniversary.
Title: Re: Watson and Crick
Post by: paulat on 03/04/2003 23:29:48
Cheers 'Donnah' - I'll try to get that edition of Time. I wonder if they are going to go to Cambridge to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of DNA soon ?!

PT
Title: Re: Watson and Crick
Post by: Donnah on 06/04/2003 03:59:52
Hi Paula,
Here's the URL where you can order the issue you want.  There's also a link that promises more info on DNA if that's of interest.

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/archive/covers/0,16641,1101030217,00.html

Donnah
Title: Re: Watson and Crick
Post by: paulat on 06/04/2003 16:24:13
Cheers Donnah - thanks for the reference - great article too.

P
Title: Re: Watson and Crick
Post by: Exodus on 14/04/2003 00:27:09
there is a brilliant film available that tells the story of Watson and Crick, just look for it on internet but it made great watching. I watched it during my A-level biology course. ENJOY

Thats Economics...
Title: Re: Watson and Crick
Post by: Claire on 27/04/2003 16:20:06
There is a good exhibition about DNA on at the Wellcome Library for the History of Medicine in London at the moment. There's a section on Watson and Crick, including lots of their old sketches, letters, notes and Crick's Phd thesis, plus the telegram informing them that they'd won the Noble prize.

Claire
(history geek)
Title: Re: Watson and Crick
Post by: chris on 27/04/2003 16:27:11
Hi Claire !
Title: Re: Watson and Crick
Post by: Exodus on 30/04/2003 19:19:48
Speaking of Crick, i read today that his overall belief of where life began is that it is so complex that it must have been seeded. This is also known as PANSPERMIA.

Essentia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem...
Title: Re: Watson and Crick
Post by: Broca on 28/08/2003 23:21:40
I beleive the movie is called The Race for the Double Helix and stars Jeff Goldblum.  I was looking for it today and I am finding that it is a difficult movie to locate. Robert Shaperio mentions it several times in his book the Human Blueprint.
Title: Re: Watson and Crick
Post by: bezoar on 29/08/2003 03:42:11
You might try half.com.  I've found some long lost movies there I was looking for.

Bezoar
Title: Re: Watson and Crick
Post by: Broca on 29/08/2003 03:52:57
Thanks Bezoar, I will try it shortly!
Title: Re: Watson and Crick
Post by: Ultima on 01/06/2004 20:02:10
Watson and Crick are a bunch of pirates they slyly got the research from Franklin through her sexist superior... and then randomly put models together to work out the structure.. How is that science! Hmmm feeling that hate in me??? Still they did work it out. But didnít Franklinís work clearly explain that a helix of some sort was involved.

wOw the world spins?
Title: Re: Watson and Crick
Post by: Donnah on 02/06/2004 01:44:54
I don't know much about them, but I too had the feeling that Rosalind was sold short.
Title: Re: Watson and Crick
Post by: qazibasit on 26/06/2004 15:52:26
Great then cheers to them(watson and crick)
Title: Re: Watson and Crick
Post by: MayoFlyFarmer on 15/08/2004 05:34:26
I'm supprised to see this thread this current and no one has mentioned that Crick just (as in like 2 weeks ago) passed away.  So i thought I'd mention it.

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Title: Re: Watson and Crick
Post by: chris on 16/08/2004 11:41:22
Yes, I was in San Diego and right next door to where he was working at the time that he popped his cork. Definitely a case of gone but not forgotten though - Watson and Crick will live forever owing to their discovery.

Chris

"I never forget a face, but in your case I'll make an exception"
 - Groucho Marx
Title: Re: Watson and Crick
Post by: qpan on 16/08/2004 13:55:46
(Or rather Rosalind's discovery)
Title: Re: Watson and Crick
Post by: rutcar on 14/08/2005 21:32:34
amen to that crick and watsion wen writting about their discovery fogot to mention that there ideas were based on the photographs that franklin took and published them withot her permission or a mention in their paper.

science is religion
Title: Re: Watson and Crick
Post by: Tatiana651 on 30/12/2005 21:39:16
quote:
Originally posted by Exodus

Speaking of Crick, i read today that his overall belief of where life began is that it is so complex that it must have been seeded.


 "where" is not the best platform for such a thing.


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Title: Re: Watson and Crick
Post by: another_someone on 30/12/2005 23:09:01
quote:
Originally posted by Ultima

Watson and Crick are a bunch of pirates they slyly got the research from Franklin through her sexist superior... and then randomly put models together to work out the structure.. How is that science! Hmmm feeling that hate in me??? Still they did work it out. But didnít Franklinís work clearly explain that a helix of some sort was involved.

wOw the world spins?



Science is about people, it always has been, including human prejudice and human weakness.

That having been said, while I'm sure that Franklin's work was much underrated at the time, I am also acutely aware that in this day and age it is very 'politically correct' to bring the women to the fore.  Are we maybe now overrating her work, just as in her own time it was underrated?
Title: Watson and Crick
Post by: rosalind dna on 26/07/2008 00:39:47
http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=13151.0

Crick died in 2004 and Watson is still alive but now disregarded after his speech last year.
It was so bad that I can't dare repeat it here on this family board.

Although he did lose his job at the university last year.
Also Rosalind Franklin's work is now much more recognised than the others.