James D. Watson

Standard Name: Watson, James D.


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Dedications Naomi Mitchison
Though timely in its attention to the idea of nuclear holocaust, this book was written before the public interest in a major part of its subject-matter—reproductive technology—began to develop. In this earlier version the dedication...
Dedications Naomi Mitchison
The title alludes to Hitler's notorious Final Solution: a low point for genetic science. It is dedicated to James Watson , co-discoverer (with Francis Crick ) of the double helix in DNA.
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25 April 1953: James D. Watson and Francis Crick published...

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25 April 1953

James D. Watson and Francis Crick published the results of their discovery of the three-dimensional structure of DNA, with the help of photographs taken by Rosalind Franklin and Maurice Wilkins .

10 December 1962: Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins of Great...

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10 December 1962

Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins of Great Britain were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, together with James D. Watson of the USA, for their work on DNA.

By May 1968: James D. Watson published The Double Helix,...

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By May 1968

James D. Watson published The Double Helix, an account of the discovery of the structure of DNA, the basis of human genetic material; he dedicated it to Naomi Mitchison .

1975: Anne Sayre, in her biography Rosalind Franklin...

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Anne Sayre , in her biography Rosalind Franklin and DNA, set the record straight about Franklin's part in the Nobel-prize-winning research previously credited exclusively to James D. Watson , Francis Crick , and Maurice Wilkins .


Watson, James D. The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA. Atheneum, 1968.