On June 8th, 1916, at Northhampton, England, Francis Harry Compton Crick was brought into
the world. He was the oldest child of his parents, Harry Crick and Annie Elizabeth Wilkins. He had a
brother who was a doctor in New England, his name was A. F. Crick. Francis Crick was a scientist
graduate from University College, London, and Caius College, Cambridge. Crick was a famous
scientist of the 1900s but he is most known for his discovery of the double helix structure of
deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA).
Even as a child Francis Crick was curious and he also very much enjoyed science. He often
made up and created his own experiments while he was just playing around at his home. Crick ...view middle of the document...
Crick then realized he wanted to start studying at a more advanced level.
He later became the third person of the Medical Research Council Unit. He was a part of this unit
for the remainder of his career (Francis Crick 1-2).
While still a graduate student in 1953, Francis Crick helped discover the structure of DNA. At
this time he also helped to discover the replication responsible for heredity. However, Crick did not
discover all of this on his own; he was accompanied by James Watson. They were responsible for what
became known as “the secret to life.” In 1962, Crick, along with Watson, was awarded the Nobel
Peace Prize in Physiology (Driscoll 1).
Watson and Crick were actually very different though they worked well together and clearly
got a lot accomplished. Crick was more shy and held a lot in and was not amused by all of the
publicity. He was always more of a quiet guy and liked to live a private life. However, Watson was
not at all shy or private. He was very outgoing and he made sure people knew he was proud of his
discoveries. He always welcomed interviewers and reporters to ask about their discoveries (Carmichael
Francis Crick did not quite know the what he discovered with Watson was as great as it was.
This discovery was so important that it is practically impossible for it to be overstated. What they
discovered eventually allowed others to have a better understanding of the basics of different types of
diseases. This discovery has become so great that it has enhanced people's findings of cures and
treatments to different kinds of diseases. Crick often said that this discovery was not all that people
made it out to be. He said the molecule that was discovered has much more importance than the
scientists who discovered it (Mark 1).
Watson was the one who but the four bases of adenine, thymine, guanine, and cytosine. He
realized these bases were held together by hydrogen bonds and that they were what made up the
double helix shape of DNA. But it was actually...