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My earliest interest in science


My mother's ambitions for me
Francis Crick Scientist
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The story was that… that she [Annie Elizabeth Crick] got… got her sister, my aunt, I think it was, to carry me to the top of the house so I would rise to the top. Well, she was given to these little superstitious things so I always thought… always thought this was rather a funny story to illustrate, but it did show quite clearly, that she was ambitious before me when she knew nothing about me at all, except I was a boy, that’s all about the information she had, so… I don’t… I don’t know if she’d done the same if it been a girl!

The late Francis Crick, one of Britain's most famous scientists, won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1962. He is best known for his discovery, jointly with James Watson and Maurice Wilkins, of the double helix structure of DNA, though he also made important contributions in understanding the genetic code and was exploring the basis of consciousness in the years leading up to his death in 2004.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is an independent documentary producer who has made a number of films about science and scientists for BBC TV, Channel Four, and PBS.

Tags: Annie Elizabeth Crick

Duration: 30 seconds

Date story recorded: 1993

Date story went live: 24 January 2008