DNA - Double Helix Crick, Watson & Wilkins collection. Francis Harry Compton CRICK, James Dewey  WATSON, Maurice Hugh Frederick WILKINS, b1928.
DNA - Double Helix Crick, Watson & Wilkins collection
DNA - Double Helix Crick, Watson & Wilkins collection
DNA - Double Helix Crick, Watson & Wilkins collection
DNA - Double Helix Crick, Watson & Wilkins collection
DNA - Double Helix Crick, Watson & Wilkins collection
DNA - Double Helix Crick, Watson & Wilkins collection
DNA - Double Helix Crick, Watson & Wilkins collection
DNA - Double Helix Crick, Watson & Wilkins collection
DNA - Double Helix Crick, Watson & Wilkins collection
DNA - Double Helix Crick, Watson & Wilkins collection
DNA - Double Helix Crick, Watson & Wilkins collection
DNA - Double Helix Crick, Watson & Wilkins collection
DNA - Double Helix Crick, Watson & Wilkins collection
DNA - Double Helix Crick, Watson & Wilkins collection
DNA - Double Helix Crick, Watson & Wilkins collection
DNA - Double Helix Crick, Watson & Wilkins collection
DNA - Double Helix Crick, Watson & Wilkins collection
DNA - Double Helix Crick, Watson & Wilkins collection
DNA - Double Helix Crick, Watson & Wilkins collection
DNA - Double Helix Crick, Watson & Wilkins collection

DNA - Double Helix Crick, Watson & Wilkins collection

Date Published: 1963 to 2003
Binding: Various

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1962 was awarded jointly to Francis Harry Compton Crick, James Dewey Watson, and Maurice Hugh Frederick Wilkins “for their discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material.” In the mid-to-late 1940s, scientists began to suspect that the molecules that are responsible for heredity were not proteins, but in fact DNA, short for deoxyribonucleic acid. But how could a molecule long considered to be simple and inert hold the secret of life? The double helix structure of DNA is arguably the most recognizable icon in biology, so it might at first appear strange that two of the three men awarded the Nobel Prize for its discovery were physicists.

The collection contains 81 items dating from 1963 to 2003, specifically 1 Manuscript, 3 Letters, 2 Bobble heads, and 75 photos.

Francis Crick, 28 items:

• 1 TLS 31 January 1963, on letterhead of Medical Research Council, Cambridge, to Irma Antonetto, (1920-1993), Associazione Culturale Italiana, who was the creator of the Italian Cultural Association and in forty-six years of activity she had brought to Italy over 400 personalities including philosophers, scientists, writers, Nobel laureates. Declining her invitation to lecture in Turin, Milan, Rome, and Naples next winter.

• 1 Manuscript (Ms), partial log notes in Crick’s hand at Skiathos, Greece about weather, engine, dinghy, petrol leaks, speed, compass, bilge, etc. 6 leaves (12 pp.), 16-7 May 1968. The notes were retrieved from a nautical logbook stored in Crick’s Bertram powerboat, the “Eye of Heaven” and relate to a Mediterranean sailing voyage undertaken by the Cricks during the summer of 1968 around the Greek islands.

• 1 hand crafted bobble heads dolls, approximately 7 inches high and 3 inches wide, produced and sold by Scivon in 2003: Crick wearing a grey suit, holding a pointer.

• 1 Colour photo by Edward Sykes, [199?]. 262 × 357 mm.

• 24 Photos - 15 b&w and 8 colour photos (reproductions, 11 × 15 mm). Includes a composite b&w photo of Crick, Watson, and Wilkins

James D. Watson, 44 items:

• 1 TLS 5 August 1968, to Irma Antonetto, (1920-1993), Associazione Culturale Italiana, who was the creator of the Italian Cultural Association and in forty-six years of activity she had brought to Italy over 400 personalities including philosophers, scientists, writers, Nobel laureates. Declining her invitation to lecture in Italy (lives in Cambridge Mass., sick father, heavy academic work load).

• 1 hand crafted bobble heads dolls, approximately 7 inches high and 3 inches wide, produced and sold by Scivon in 2003: Watson smiling, wearing a yellow sweater, and holding the DNA double helix.

• 3 large colour photos: Watson in academic robes, Iris Murdoch behind him, in the procession, getting an honorary degree from Cambridge University, photo by Eric Roberts, The Daily Telegraph, 10 June 1993; Watson at Cambridge University with Nobel Prize winners, Fred Sawger and Lord Todd, photo by Eric Roberts, The Daily Telegraph, 9 June 1993; Watson with the Duke of Edinburgh, 40 years since Crick and Watson discovered the double helix structure of DNA (plaque in background), photo by Eric Roberts, The Daily Telegraph, 9 June 1993.

• 6 b&w large photos: some content, Watson accepts the Nobel Prize from Sweden's King Gustaf VI, 10 December 1962, Svenska Dagladets Bild-Archiv; Watson smiling, caption on photo noting that he will share the Nobel Prize with two other doctors, 18 October 1962, Associated Press Radiophoto, Svenska Dagladet Archivet; Harvard chemist, Nobel Prize winner, 1968; Watson seated, DNA diagram in background, “The Scientist” ABC-TV, 29 November and 5 December 1968; Watson interviewed at his offices at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York, 16 August 1980, M. Reichenthal; Watson holding a cup, picture Clare Arron, The Daily Telegraph, 10 April 1990 (also with later dates stamped on photo).

• 33 small Photos - 27 small colour and 6 b&w small photos (reproductions, 11 × 15 mm).

Maurice Wilkins, 9 items:

• 1 TLS 15 May 1975, on letterhead of University of London College, to Irma Antonetto, (1920-1993), Associazione Culturale Italiana, who was the creator of the Italian Cultural Association and in forty-six years of activity she had brought to Italy over 400 personalities including philosophers, scientists, writers, Nobel laureates. Declining her invitation to lecture in Italy.

• 8 Photos - 1 colour and 7 b&w photos (reproductions, 11 × 15 mm) of Crick and Watson together.

Collection on consignment with LDRB.
Item #8372

$3,000.00 USD
$3,832.81 CAD