OT - Francis Crick, Father of molecular biology

I like CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company) radio. I listen to it when I'm working in an empty suite. Today, they had an interview with Cristof Koch, who was a close personal friend of Crick. Crick, the famous molecular biologist who, along with James Watson, discovered the double helical structure of the "genetic molecule" or DNA.
Not only was Crick knighted for his discovery of the structure of DNA, he also won the 1962 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his discovery. At the time, he was working at Churchill College in London, which was named after Sir Winston Churchill. Apparantly, the Anglican Church considered the discovery of the structure of DNA to have been a discovery of such importance that they thought it appropriate to build a church at Churchill College to recognize that this was the place where the key to life had been discovered. They wanted to get Crick onboard since he was the central player in the whole discovery, but Crick had been a life long agnostic/athiest.
Westminister Abbey sent Crick a letter promoting the idea of building a church at Churchill College and wanting him to endorse the building of that church, but Crick would have none of it. He wrote back saying it was preposterous to build a building dedicated to superstition in a place dedicated to learning and understanding.
So, Westminister Abbey decided to get Winston Churchill involved in recruiting Crick. Churchill sent Crick a letter saying that the new church, if built, would be:
a) built strictly with private donations, no government tax money would go into building of the church,
b) open to all faiths and religions. Anyone of any religion would be welcome in the church, and
c) no faculty or students would be required to attend the church.
Crick replied to Churchill's letter suggesting that it would be equally appropriate to build a brothel at Churchill College, and that the brothel should be:
a) built strictly with private money; no government tax money would go into building of the brothel,
b) open to all faiths and religions. Men of any faith or religion would be welcome in the brothel, and
c) no faculty or students would be required to frequent the brothel.
And, Crick sent along a personal cheque for $100 saying he wanted to be the first to contribute to the construction of the new brothel at Churchill College.
And, that was the end of the correspondence between Sir Francis Crick and Sir Winston Churchill on that issue.
No church was ever built at Churchill College in London.
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Don't leave us hanging.. what happened to the brothel...
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On Friday, July 18, 2014 4:41:41 PM UTC-7, Kurt Ullman wrote:

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wrote:

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2010/11/03/rosalind-franklin-and-dna-how-wronged-was-she/
Watson, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins received the Nobel Prize in medicine or physiology in 1962 for this work, four years after Rosalind Franklin's death of ovarian cancer, possibly induced by her work with x-rays.
Nobels are only awarded to living scholars but a handful of researchers and advocates in the past few decades have argued that Franklin deserves more credit than she got for the DNA discovery. Her images of the B-form of the molecule, which revealed DNA as made of two helices (especially the "photograph 51" image), were shared with Wilkins, Watson and Crick without her permission. The data provided key information that allowed Watson and Crick (who worked at Cavendish Laboratory in England) to correctly model DNA as a double helix, a project they had been pursuing aggressively for months in competition with Linus Pauling at Caltech and with John Randall, who headed up the King's laboratory where Wilkins worked with Franklin.
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On Friday, July 18, 2014 7:54:51 PM UTC-7, Sherlock.Homes wrote:

Rosalind Franklin was THE top X-ray crystallographer but she didn't understand what her results would portend. Maurice Wilkins, who shared the Nobel, stole Rosalind Franklin's work out of her lab and shared it with the other two. Franklin never knew, and encouraged what she thought were her colleagues until her too-early death. A Nobel can't be awarded to a dead person, but the truth about Franklin has been extensively written and published.
If you want to read something truly disgusting, look up Watson's snide, sexist comments about Franklin in "The Double Helix". Too bad there isn't an afterlife where people like that can get their due...
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