Papers of M H F Wilkins: letters from and papers relating to Alec Stokes

  • Wilkins, Maurice, 1916-2004 Stokes, A. R. (Alexander Rawson), 1919-2003 Stokes, Margaret Gratzer, Walter B. Wilson, Herbert R. (Herbert Rees)
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Wilkins, Maurice Hugh Frederick (1916-2004)
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Letters from Alexander Rawson (‘Alec’) Stokes, 1975-1999, to Wilkins, including comment on Stokes’ work in DNA research at King’s College London, 1949-1950, enclosing a photocopy of Rosalind Franklin and Raymond Gosling’s joke death notice for the DNA helix, 1952, and a draft outline for a talk by Stokes, ‘why did we think DNA was helical?’ for the 40th anniversary of the discovery of the structure of DNA, 1993.

Also a graph [1951] of the Bessel function calculation of diffraction from a helix, by Stokes (nicknamed by him ‘Waves at Bessel on Sea’, according to The Third Man of the Double Helix).

Letter from Margaret Stokes (widow), 2003, congratulating Wilkins on the publication of his autobiography. Obituary for Stokes by Walter Gratzer, KCL School of Biomedical Sciences, published in The Times, 2003, with covering notes from Gratzer to Wilkins. Obituary for Stokes, Jan 2004, by Herbert Rees Wilson, published in Physics Today, with covering letter from Wilson to Wilkins. Also brief letters from Wilkins to Margaret Stokes and Ian Stokes (son).



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King's College London; The Times; Physics Today

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Part of this file contains personal data and is closed. The rest of the file is open and available at King’s College London, Archives and Special Collections, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form. Restricted until 1 January 2084.

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A digitised copy is held by the Wellcome Library as part of Codebreakers: Makers of Modern Genetics.

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Location of original

The original material is held at King’s College London, Archives and Special Collections. This catalogue is held by the Wellcome Library as part of Codebreakers: Makers of Modern Genetics.

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