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Being taught sciences at school


Hearing about Darwin for the first time
Francis Crick Scientist
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It’s curious in a sense that I don’t think I heard it from my parents, although my father’s father, my paternal grandfather, he knew about it because he… although he was a boot and shoe manufacturer, he was an amateur naturalist and a geologist and he wrote one or two papers, and he even wrote a letter or two to Darwin and so on. So, there’s no doubt that he knew about it all, but it wasn’t something that came down in the family and I… I may have learnt about it in that  encyclopaedia. I still have it, I go back and look. I don’t actually recall, because I think when I was a boy I was more focused on chemistry and physics probably than on biological things, so I may have known about it but not put special… put special emphasis on it. So, I don’t… I don’t know the answer.

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: The Children’s Encyclopaedia, Charles Darwin

Duration: 49 seconds

Date story recorded: 1993

Date story went live: 08 January 2010