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Crick’s letter to son, aged 12, explaining DNA structure model Grant Jacobs Feb 27


Yesterday I wrote about how the Crick family is to sell Francis Crick’s Nobel Prize medal. In that post I mentioned how my attention was drawn to that the family is also considering selling Crick’s letter to his son Michael, then aged 12, explaining his and James Waton’s model for the structure of DNA.

It struck me as I was curious to see how he’d write to a non-scientist at close to the time of creating their model.

I was unsure if this letter had already been published and I now see that The New York Times has posted a copy of the letter on-line as a part of an article about Crick writing to his son.

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Nobel Prize for DNA structure for sale Grant Jacobs Feb 26


The family of Francis Crick are to sell his Nobel Prize Medal and diploma, won for his work on the structure of DNA.


Crick’s 1962 Nobel Prize Physiology or Medicine was shared with American James Watson and New Zealander* Maurice Wilkins, for their work on the structure of DNA. (More formally, “for their discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material”.)

Family members are reported at livescience as hoping that the medal and diploma will be made available for display to the public,

“It had been tucked away for so long,” said Kindra Crick, Francis Crick’s 36-year-old granddaughter, of the medal. “We really were interested in finding someone who could look after it, and possibly put it on display so it could inspire the next generation of scientists.”

An opening bid of $500,000 has been set.

What got my attention they are also considering to sell a letter Crick wrote to his then 12 year-old son explaining the DNA structure model work is also for sale.

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