Death of prominent DNA scientist

5 July 2005

Professor Maurice Wilkins, joint recipient of the 1962 Nobel Prize with James Watson and Francis Crick for the discovery of the structure of DNA in 1953, has died age 87 (see BBC news report). Rosalind Franklin, the fourth key scientist involved in the ground-breaking discovery, died in 1958 and so did not share the Nobel Prize. Wilkins was born in New Zealand; his work on X-ray diffraction at King

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