Encyclopedia > Francis Crick

  Article Content

Francis Crick

Francis Harry Compton Crick (born June 8, 1916) is one of the discoverers of the structure of the DNA molecule. Born in Northampton, England, he studied physics at University College, London, and became a B.Sc. in 1937. After World War II, during which he worked on magnetic and acoustic mines, he began studying biology. In 1951, he started working with James Watson at Cavendish Laboratory. Building on the X-ray research of Rosalind Franklin, they together developed the proposal of the helical structure of DNA, which they published in 1953, and for which both were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1962. He also made significant contributions in laying the foundations of the now mature field of Molecular Biology. This includes work on the nature of the Genetic code and the mechanisms of protein synthesis. He left Molecular Biology for his other interest, Consciousness, on which he now works.

Crick currently works (http://www.salk.edu/faculty/faculty/details.php?id=14) at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California.



All Wikipedia text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

 
  Search Encyclopedia

Search over one million articles, find something about almost anything!
 
 
  
  Featured Article
Astatula, Florida

... density is 228.8/km² (593.7/mi²). There are 546 housing units at an average density of 96.3/km² (249.8/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is ...