James D. Watson 88 - The discovery of the double helix was an iconic event in structural chemistry

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The ingenuity of James D. Watson and Francis Crick, the convergence of the advances in X-ray crystallography, the accumulated knowledge of structural chemistry, and the breakthroughs in chemical methods of analysis led to the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA. The discovery catapulted Watson to a career that helped DNA and the applications of the knowledge about its structure triumph in biomedical sciences. Watson's eighty-eighth birthday is an occasion to have a look at his path to success, his personality, and assess his legacy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-428
Number of pages10
JournalStructural Chemistry
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2016

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Keywords

  • DNA
  • Double helix
  • Francis Crick
  • Human Genome Project
  • James D. Watson

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  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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James D. Watson 88 - The discovery of the double helix was an iconic event in structural chemistry. / Hargittai, I.

In: Structural Chemistry, Vol. 27, No. 2, 01.04.2016, p. 419-428.

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