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My parents deal with a 'scientific' child


Francis Crick Scientist
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I don’t think at school I was… in… I was at… in any way discriminated against scientists because they had a good… had a science block and there was a good scientific tradition. It was Mill Hill School in… North London. I think I was slightly handicapped by being rather young. I… when I… when I went to Mill Hill, when I must have been 14, I went straight into what’s called the fifth form which is two levels up and then after one year I went into the sixth form so I was very much younger than the other people. So I did feel, I won’t say… I didn’t fit in with them as well as I might if they’d all been the same age, but I don’t think I ever felt any hostility against people doing science, as you might have done in some of the older… older English public schools, for example, at that time. I expect it’s changed now.

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: North London, Mill Hill School

Duration: 47 seconds

Date story recorded: 1993

Date story went live: 08 January 2010