Crick of the structure of DNA. Watson's talk was an eloquent eulogy of Crick, who died of colon cancer on July 28 (C&EN, Aug. 23, page 38). Watson talked about the research partnership he formed with Crick in Cambridge in 1951 and about the intense competition between the two of them and Linus C. Pauling. Pauling published a proposed structure for DNA in 1952, and when Watson and Crick reviewed the paper, they were amazed at how far off the mark Pauling was. Watson showed a series of letters between Pauling and Crick that, in their frosty formality, demonstrated the tension that existed between these two towering intellects. At the end of his talk, Watson showed a picture of himself and Crick together a few years ago at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and said, "Francis was always the person I could communicate with most quickly. We didn't need a lot of words to express our ideas to each other." BUTTONS. There are always buttons at ACS meetings.
by Rudy M. Baum |
August 30, 2004