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Published: 01 December 2005

256 Pages | 39 halftones

ISBN: 9780192806673

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The Third Man of the Double Helix

The Autobiography of Maurice Wilkins

Maurice Wilkins

Popular Science

Quick, who won the Nobel Prize for discovering the double helical structure of DNA? Most people would say Watson and Crick. Many don't know that Wilkins shared the prize with Watson and Crick but missed out on the limelight, due largely to Watson's hit book, The Double Helix. Wilkins thought the book was so misleading he asked Harvard University Press not to publish it. Things have quieted down a bit now, and Wilkins is now telling the story his way. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the DNA discovery.