Papers of M H F Wilkins: correspondence with Leonard Hamilton, on topics including the history of DNA research

  • Wilkins, Maurice, 1916-2004 Hamilton, Leonard D. Arnott, Struther, b.1934 Marvin, Donald Arthur
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1968-2004
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K/PP178/3/14/4
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Wilkins, Maurice Hugh Frederick (1916-2004)
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Correspondence between Wilkins and Leonard Hamilton, including: their reactions to James Watson’s book, The double helix: a personal account of the discovery of the structure of DNA (Atheneum, New York, 1968); Wilkins’ account, 1968, of the progress of DNA research at King’s College London in the early 1950s; offprint article by Hamilton, ‘DNA: models and reality’, published in Nature, May 1968, with Wilkins’ comments on a typescript draft; their reactions to articles, 1968 and 1969, by Tai Te Wu (in which Wu posited a four-strand helical structure for DNA, rather than a double helix); their reactions to an article by Jerry Donohue, ‘Fourier analysis and the structure of DNA’, published in Science, 12 Sep 1969; copy letter from Wilkins to Aaron Klug, 1969, detailing Rosalind Franklin’s DNA research at King’s College London; typescript draft untitled lecture by Hamilton, on DNA and RNA, given at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, [1969]; domestic difficulties with Wilkins’ holiday home, Corsica, 1969; Wilkins’ letter in support of Stephen Hamilton’s application for conscientious objector deferment from the draft, 1970; pages from Science, Vol 1693, 27 Mar 1970, including article by Wilkins, Struther Arnott, Donald Marvin and Hamilton, ‘Some misconceptions on Fourier analysis and Watson-Crick base pairing’; their opinions of Robert Olby and his research for his book The path to the double helix: the discovery of DNA (University of Washington Press, Seattle, 1974); Wilkins’ opinion of Horace Freeland Judson’s series of articles, ‘DNA’, published in New Yorker magazine, 1976, Judson’s proposed book, The eighth day of creation: makers of the revolution in biology (Simon & Schuster, New York, 1978), and copies of Wilkins’ letters to Judson. Original file title ‘Hamilton L’.

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1968-2004

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Wilkins, Maurice; Hamilton, Leonard D.; King's College London; Arnott, Struther, b.1934; Marvin, Donald Arthur

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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 2063.

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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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