Whose name went first on the Nature paper?, James Watson
Interviewee: James Watson. DNAi Location: Code > Finding the structure > Players > James Watson and Francis Crick > Whose name went first on the paper? James Watson talks about how he and Francis Crick decided whose name went first on the 1953 paper.
Francis remembers we flipped a coin, and I must have really breathed a sigh of relief when it came out that my name was first. You know, we had both contributed to it I think, I thought well I brought the problem, so maybe my name really should be first, but it was a flip of a coin. And you know, it has been called the WC Structure by people in Cambridge, particularly by the biochemists who sort of relish, you know, its association with water closet.
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James Watson and Francis Crick, Cambridge University, 1953
1953 picture of Francis Crick (L) and James Watson (R) walking along the backs of King's College in Cambridge.
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