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Looking at the world in a different way


A physicist no longer
Francis Crick Scientist
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Well, I started as a physicist. But remember, I’m not really a physicist anymore because physics in… in these… in those 50 or more years has changed enormously, and the physics I learned was very old-fashioned physics and is very out-of-date now. So, it’s only that I started off with a background in physics. And so I don’t think I should be thought of as a physicist in those terms. And I had to learn, of course, about biology and learn to think in a different sort of way.

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: physicist, physics, career, biology

Duration: 25 seconds

Date story recorded: 1993

Date story went live: 24 January 2008