Linus Pauling' s manuscript describing incorrect triple helix, Peter Pauling
Interviewee: Peter Pauling. In 1952, Peter Pauling was a student at Cambridge when his father, Linus, sent him a paper proposing that DNA was a triple helix. James (Jim) Watson eagerly read the paper and realized that Pauling got it wrong. (DNAi Location: Code > Finding the Structure > Players > Linus Pauling > The triple helix)
As I say, when this manuscript arrived, Jim tore it from my pocket and opened it and read it and they discovered, you know, that it was wrong. And my nephew asked a few years ago, why did you make it three strands, and he said well, he didn't know, he didn't know how much water was in it and he didn't know the diameter, he had a rough, rough information of the diameter. And the mistake he, that it wasn't an acid, he told my nephew that was just a mistake, you know, he temporarily lost his marbles.
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James Watson describes the triple helix model proposed by Linus Pauling.
Although the chemistry was wrong, Linus Pauling's triple-stranded DNA model was a catalyst for James Watson and Francis Crick to solve the structure of DNA.
James Watson talks about how he and Francis Crick felt about Pauling's helix.
In 1952, Linus Pauling proposed a triple-stranded helix structure for DNA.
Linus Pauling's triple-helix model for DNA and the reaction to this incorrect model.
Linus Pauling, circa 1970s.
James Watson and Francis Crick explain how they solved the structure of DNA. Erwin Chargaff explain how he measured the levels of each of the four nitrogenous bases.
Sydney Brenner talks about James Watson's work on RNA.
James Watson talks about how he and Francis Crick decided whose name went first on the 1953 paper.