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Publishing papers in Nature
Francis Crick Scientist
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We rather took that for granted because it wasn’t so difficult to get things published in those days, and it was published very quickly, you know. They received it, I think, on April 2nd, it was published on April 25th. That’s… that’s hardly more than three weeks, which nowadays they’d probably take much longer than that. And there was… there was… there were, of course, many more papers being submitted to them then. So, because… because our professor, [William Lawrence] Bragg, submitted it, there was no serious doubt or worry about it being published. And we didn’t get a lot of reaction to people, as I recall, as a result of the publication. We didn’t certainly get… I don’t think a lot of people fully understood it when they… when they saw it, or they passed it by. You must remember, we wrote two papers.

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: Nature, William Lawrence Bragg

Duration: 49 seconds

Date story recorded: 1993

Date story went live: 24 January 2008