Francis Crick was originally a physicist, but he switched to biological research after the Second World War (a transition he compared to being “born again”). Together with Rosalind Franklin and James Watson, Crick played a key role in determining the structure of the DNA molecules that carry the genetic instructions for all living organisms.
Francis Crick IS KNOWN FOR...
- Helping to identify the double-helix model of DNA
- Making significant discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids
- Winning the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (shared with James Watson and Maurice Wilkins)
Crick’s paternal grandfather, Walter Drawbridge Crick, was an amateur naturalist and a contemporary of Charles Darwin. Walter even had two species of gastropod named after him!
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