King's Archives awarded Wellcome Trust grant11 Dec 2009, PR 271/09 The Wellcome Trust has awarded King's College London's Archives Service £108,000 to catalogue and preserve the papers of Professor Maurice Wilkins, who won the Nobel Prize for his contribution to the discovery of the structure of DNA. Early experimental work on DNA at the College in the 1950s was followed by a decade of painstaking proof-of-concept research and further analysis culminating in worldwide acclaim and the joint award in 1962 of the Nobel Prize to Wilkins, Francis Crick and James Watson. The discovery set in train years of groundbreaking genetic discoveries by research teams across the world.
Through cataloguing and preservation, ‘DNA and social responsibility’ will provide: research and public access to an internationally significant archive reflecting the career of Maurice Wilkins’ and his life-long dedication to promoting the public understanding of science; and a complete record of X-ray diffraction experiments carried out at King’s by Rosalind Franklin and colleagues in the Biophysics Unit.
The project, which is set to commence in January 2010, will enable first time, full access to descriptions of 75,000 pages of archives. Notes to editors King's College London
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