"Why I am a humanist"

Part of:
Francis Crick (1916-2004): archives
  • Archives and manuscripts
  • Online

Available online

Access conditions

Works in this archive created by Francis Crick are available under a CC-BY licence. Please be aware that works in this archive created by other organisations and individuals are not covered under this licence, and you should obtain any necessary permissions before copying or adapting any such works.

In copyright

It is possible this item is protected by copyright and/or related rights. You may be able to use this digital item under a copyright exception, otherwise you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s). These may be identified elsewhere in the catalogue record. Read more about copyright.

Read further guidance on copyright exceptions in the UK.


"Why I am a humanist". In copyright. Source: Wellcome Collection.

About this work


Typescript draft (with additions) and final typescript of Crick, "Why I am a humanist".

The file includes a brief exchange of letters with the editor of Varsity (Cambridge University newspaper), to whom the article was submitted for publication.

Also included is a brief typed biography of Crick, a schedule of events (Cambridge Humanists) in which Crick is listed as speaking on "Life on Other Worlds" (20 October), two sheets of notes (holograph), and a letter (typescript draft) to the Editor of Varsity, drafted in response to "the sympathetic and understanding letter of Professor W H Thorpe in last week's Varsity: Crick's letter addresses the differing views of Christians (e.g. Canon Montefiore) and humanists.



Physical description

1 file

Location of duplicates

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

Where to find it

  • LocationStatusAccess
    Closed stores

Permanent link