Date Published: March 16, 2004
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Author(s): Paul Doty
Abstract: Maurice Wilkins’s autobiography provides an engaging perspective of the events leading to the discovery of the structure of DNA.
Partial Text: As the year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the structure of DNA came to an end, the engaging autobiography of one of the participants further enlivened the drama of this event. Maurice Wilkins, now 87, postpones the account of his involvement in the DNA affair until the second half of the book. Recounting his background and interesting life before DNA (34 years) in plain but telling sentences brings to life a character that is almost as much out of the ordinary as those of the more flamboyant James Watson and Francis Crick.