Journals Higher Education



Published: 12 June 2014

256 Pages | 24 b/w illustrations


ISBN: 9780198704591

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The Man in the Monkeynut Coat

William Astbury and the Forgotten Road to the Double-Helix

Kersten T. Hall

  • Introduces a previously forgotten pioneer who played a pivotal role in one of the most important scientific discoveries in history
  • Reveals that the vital information contained in 'Photo 51' taken by Rosalind Franklin had actually been discovered two years earlier by Astbury
  • Shows how it was thanks to Astbury that Watson and Crick were not beaten to the double-helix by their closest rival, the US chemist, Linus Pauling
  • Shows how Astbury also pioneered the emergence of the powerful new science of molecular biology