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DNA: the King's story


Wilkins with Nobel Prize groupWilkins with Nobel Prize groupOn 11 November 1962, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to Maurice Wilkins, Francis Crick and James Watson for discovering the DNA structure.

Wilkins warmly acknowledged the key roles of a number of scientists in relation to the discovery of DNA in his Nobel laureate speech.

Unfortunately, Rosalind Franklin died of ovarian cancer in 1958, possibly attributable to her work with x-rays.

Nobel Prizes are not awarded posthumously and whether eventually she would have been named as a prizewinner is ultimately a matter for speculation.

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