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Francis Harry Compton Crick (June 8, 1916 â€“ July 28, 2004), with James Watson, discovered the structure of DNA. Crick was born in Northampton, England, and studied Physics at UCL before turning to Biology after WWII.
From 1951 to 1953, Crick and Watson, working at Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, built on the work of John Wilkins, Rosalind Franklin and many before them, developing the double helix model for DNA structure, for which they won the nobel prize in 1962. Crick continued working in genetics and molecular biology, working on the genetic code and gene expression before moving into neuroscience and the study of conciousness.
Crick died of colon cancer in Thornton Hospital, San Diego.
- Of Molecules and Men (Prometheus Books, 2004; original edition 1967) ISBN 1591021855
- What Mad Pursuit: A Personal View of Scientific Discovery (Basic Books reprint edition, 1990) ISBN 0465091385
- The Astonishing Hypothesis: The Scientific Search For The Soul (Scribner reprint edition, 1995) ISBN 0684801582
- James D. Watson, The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA, Atheneum, 1980, ISBN 0689706022 (first published in 1968) is a very readable first hand account of the research by Crick and Watson. The book also formed the basis of the award winning television dramatisation Life Story by BBC Horizon (also broadcast as Race for the Double Helix).
- John Bankston, Francis Crick and James D. Watson, Crick and Watson: Pioneers in DNA Research (Mitchell Lane Publishers, Inc., 2002) ISBN 1584151226