Oral history of British science

Wilkins, Maurice (8 of 12). National Life Stories: Leaders of National Life

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    Biophysics; Molecular Biology

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    Wilkins, Maurice, 1916-2004 (speaker, male)

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    Rose, Steven (speaker, male)

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    Part 8: Maurice Wilkins [MW] talks about his personal life on arrival at Cambridge - unprepared to look after himself, some loss of self-confidence. Compares experiences in Cambridge with his interviewer. So far no women in his life. During Physics Part II had breakdown - could not work - went to see psychologist who thought it was due to anxieties and too much thoughts on politics but no physical activities. Talks about his interests in literature, music, films, the Arts Society in Cambridge, some friends, and walks in the country. MW philosophises about reasons for the failure of the Soviet Union, back to Bernal, his weaknesses and his women.

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    Joint Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1962 with Francis Harry Compton Crick and James Dewey Watson for their work and discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material; DNA structure, described as double helix.

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    Professor Maurice Wilkins interviewed by Steven Rose: full transcript of the interview

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    Visit this interviewee's page on the 'Voices of Science' web resource

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