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Maurice Wilkins with X-ray crystallographic equipment

Maurice Wilkins with X-ray crystallographic equipment

Maurice Wilkins is shown with X-ray crystallographic equipment at King's College, London, around 1954. His work on the X-ray crystallography of DNA was an important factor in developing and confirming of the model of the DNA molecule discovered by James Watson and Francis Crick in 1953. Wilkins had a difficult working relationship with his fellow King's College researcher Rosalind Franklin, who also worked on the X-ray crystallography. Wilkins controversially showed Watson and Crick one of Franklin's DNA photos without her permission, thus greatly assisting the pair in constructing the double helix model of DNA. 

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Rebecca Priestley, 'Physics, chemistry and mathematics - New Zealand physicists overseas', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 10 June 2023)

Story by Rebecca Priestley, published 22 Oct 2014