Francis Crick (1916-2004) the British Nobel laureate is inextricably tied to the discovery of the double helix of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) in 1953, considered the most significant advance in the understanding of biology since Darwin's theory of evolution.

Yet, during a research career spanning more than fifty years, theoretical biologist Crick also made fundamental contributions to structural studies of other important biological molecules through X-ray analysis; to the understanding of protein synthesis; to the deciphering of the genetic code by which hereditary information is stored and transcribed in the cell; and to our conception of consciousness.

Through force of personality and intellect, readily apparent in this online selection from his papers, Francis Crick served as a one-man clearinghouse of criticism, ideas, and information for scientists the world over.

Source: Profiles in Science

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Francis Crick

Born: June 8th, 1916

Died: July 28th, 2004