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Francis Crick

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Francis Harry Compton Crick (June 8, 1916 – 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.


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