Maurice Wilkins

Maurice Wilkins (1916-2004), molecular biologist, was, along with James Watson and Francis Crick, one of the winners of the 1962 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine for the discovery of the structure of DNA. He started his research career during World War Two working first on the British bomb project (Tube Alloys) and later on the Manhattan Project. After theconflict his research moved into the field of biophysics, first at St Andrews University and then at King’s College, London, where he remained for the rest of his career. After an uncertain start he concentrated his research on DNA and along with a number of co-workers was closely involved in events leading up to the announcement of the double-helix structure by Francis Crick and James Watson in Nature in April 1953.

  • Birth name Maurice Wilkins
  • Born 1916 Pongaroa, New Zealand
  • Occupation Molecular biologist
  • Disciplines Molecular Biology
  • Education St John's College, Cambridge; University of Birmingham

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