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WILKINS, Maurice Hugh Frederick (1916-2004)

K/PP178/6/1-6: Papers, 1854-2004, relating to the research and writing of Wilkins’ autobiography, The third man of the double helix (Oxford University Press, 2003)

References on this page: K/PP178/6/1-6


K/PP178/6/1/1-3 Papers, 1988-2000, relating to the planning and aims of The third man of the double helix (Oxford University Press, 2003)


K/PP178/6/1/1

1988-2000

Papers of M H F Wilkins: planning notes for the structure of his autobiography

Manuscript notes by Wilkins relating chiefly to the structure of his autobiography, including chapter plans and summaries, and assessments of further information required. Also two 3 1/2” computer disks, dated 1991-1994, of early drafts of the autobiography, original title ‘Autobiography discs copies’

1 file


K/PP178/6/1/2

1989-1990

Papers of M H F Wilkins: notes on the reasons to write an autobiography

Manuscript notes by Wilkins on the reasons to write an autobiography, and his intended aims. Also newspaper cutting on how to write an autobiography, ‘The uses of memory’, Weekend Guardian, 9-10 Jun 1990. Original file title ‘Autobiog intro & general theory’.

1 file


K/PP178/6/1/3

1994 Jun-1994 Jul

Papers of M H F Wilkins: correspondence between Susie Orbach and Maurice Wilkins relating to psychoanalysis and autobiography

Correspondence between Susie Orbach, psychotherapist and writer, and Maurice Wilkins, concerning psychoanalysis and autobiographical writing. CLOSED during Orbach’s lifetime, or for review 2074

3 items


K/PP178/6/2/1-23 Drafts and background papers, 1854-2002, relating to the Wilkins’ family history, used in The third man of the double helix (Oxford University Press, 2003)


K/PP178/6/2/1

1854-1995

Papers of M H F Wilkins: notes on Wilkins’ ancestry

Correspondence, press cuttings, manuscript notes, and photocopies of articles relating to Wilkins’ ancestry

1 file


K/PP178/6/2/2

1869-1881, 1900-1901, 1989

Papers of M H F Wilkins: personal letters received by Mary Hutton (Wilkins’ grandmother)

Copies of personal and domestic letters from Eliza Hutton, Emily Ferrari and Lilla Hutton to Mary Hutton (later Mary Hutton Wilkins, Wilkins’ paternal grandmother), with related manuscript notes, 1989

1 file


K/PP178/6/2/3

1872 Jun

Papers of M H F Wilkins: copy of ‘Inamoy – A tale’, epic poem by William Wilkins

Manuscript copy of ‘Inamoy – A tale’, an epic poem by William Wilkins (Wilkins’ paternal grandfather)

1 file


K/PP178/6/2/4

1877-1991

Papers of M H F Wilkins: papers relating to Wilkins’ paternal grandfather and great grandfather

Papers relating to William Wilkins (Wilkins’ grandfather) and William Mortimer Wilkins (Wilkins’ great grandfather), including: draft accounts of their lives, aspects of which were used in chapter 1, ‘Distant shores’, in Wilkins’ autobiography, The third man of the double helix (Oxford University Press, 2003); three photocopies of lecture, ‘The modern ideal of womanhood’, given by William Wilkins, with Wilkins’ annotations; copy of tribute to William Wilkins, from The Erasmian, Dec 1954, written by Maurice Wilkins senior (Wilkins’ uncle and son of William Wilkins); postcard from Maurice Wilkins senior to Eithne Wilkins (Wilkins’ sister) regarding alleged mention of William Wilkins in Ulysses by James Joyce, Sep 1953; related manuscript research notes, newspaper cuttings, and correspondence

2 files


K/PP178/6/2/5

[1900]-1972

Papers of M H F Wilkins: papers relating to the genealogy of the Wilkins family

Papers relating to the genealogy of the Wilkins family, including: manuscript notes by George Wilkins (Maurice Wilkins’ great-uncle); transcribed notes on family history by Eliza Wilkins (Maurice Wilkins’ great-aunt); typescript research notes, 1972, by Eithne Kaiser (Maurice Wilkins’ sister); newspaper cuttings relating to the Wilkins family. Original file title ‘Family history notes etc.’

1 file


K/PP178/6/2/6

[1900], 1931

Papers of M H F Wilkins: photographs of Mary Hutton Wilkins

Photographs of Mary Hutton Wilkins (Maurice Wilkins’ paternal grandmother)

5 items


K/PP178/6/2/7

1913-1990, 1995

Papers of M H F Wilkins: papers relating to the life of Edgar Wilkins

Papers relating to Edgar Henry Wilkins (Wilkins’ father), including draft typescript accounts of his life, parts of which are used in chapter 1, ‘Distant shores’, in Wilkins’ autobiography, The third man of the double helix (Oxford University Press, 2003); manuscript notes by Wilkins, 1990, on Edgar Wilkins’ 1913 diaries; testimonials for Edgar Wilkins, 1913; obituary for Edgar Wilkins published in The Medical Officer, 6 Jul 1946; related manuscript notes and correspondence. Also New Zealand government booklet, New Zealand: land of opportunity (1920), for English emigrants to New Zealand

1 file


K/PP178/6/2/8

1913 Dec -1915 Apr, 1921 Mar-1923 Aug

Papers of M H F Wilkins: copy letters home from Edgar Wilkins,New Zealand, to his mother

Typescript copies of letters from Edgar Henry Wilkins (Wilkins’ father), New Zealand, to Mary Hutton Wilkins (Wilkins’ paternal grandmother), chiefly personal and domestic, including descriptions of Maurice Wilkins as a small child. Also sketch map of the area surrounding Wellington, New Zealand; sketch plan of 30, Kelburn Parade, Wellington, New Zealand (the residence of the Wilkins family until 1923); typescript text describing Pongaroa, New Zealand; all probably by Edgar Wilkins

1 file


K/PP178/6/2/9

1919-1924

Papers of M H F Wilkins: reports by Edgar Wilkins on schools inNew Zealand

Photocopy reports by Edgar Henry Wilkins, Director, Division of School Hygiene (Wilkins’ father), relating to the health provision and teaching in schools in New Zealand, 1919-1924

1 file


K/PP178/6/2/10

1921 Feb-1945 Jun

Papers of M H F Wilkins: papers relating to Edgar Wilkins’ publications on child development

Papers relating to publications on children’s health and moral development, and school hygiene produced by Edgar Henry Wilkins (Wilkins’ father) in his role as Chief Medical Inspector of Schools, Wellington, New Zealand, and Assistant School Medical Officer, Birmingham, UK, including: reports, publications and lectures by Edgar Wilkins; photographic negatives of scenes in Birmingham taken in the early 1940s; letters written to Edgar Wilkins relating to his publications. Also booklet, Vegetarian athletics, by Henry Light (Vegetarian Society, Manchester, 1921), annotated on cover ‘With the author’s compliments’ (Edgar Wilkins was a keen vegetarian)

1 file


K/PP178/6/2/11

1932-1933

Papers of M H F Wilkins: press cuttings relating to Jane Elizabeth Bruce

Press cuttings relating to Miss Jane Elizabeth Bruce (1832-1933), a distant relative of Wilkins’ (possibly a great-great aunt)

2 items


K/PP178/6/2/12

1938, 1956-1974

Papers of M H F Wilkins: personal Wilkins’ family letters

Manuscript letters from Una Wilkins (Wilkins’ aunt) and Maurice Wilkins senior (Wilkins’ uncle) to Eithne Kaiser (née Wilkins, Maurice Wilkins’ sister), chiefly domestic and personal, also including comment on Wilkins’ Nobel Prize, 1962. Also letter from Eithne, 1938, to unknown recipient, detailing her life in Paris, working as a journalist and translator. Photocopy extract (probably from Frederic Warburg, All authors are equal: the publishing life of Frederic Warburg, Hutchinson, London, 1973) relating to Eithne and Ernst Kaiser’s work translating the fiction of German author Robert Musil, with related correspondence, 1972, between Eithne Kaiser and Warburg

1 file


K/PP178/6/2/13

1964-1990

Papers of M H F Wilkins: papers relating to the history of King’s College London and to the education of women

Papers relating to the early history of King’s College London, and to the education of women in the nineteenth century, including: newspaper cutting on Frederick Denison Maurice, ‘The tragic palimpsest’, Times Literary Supplement, 5 Nov 1964; photocopy article, ‘On the study of science by women’ by Lydia Ernestine Becker, Contemporary Review, vol 10, 1869; photocopy lecture, ‘The admission of women to University College London: a centenary lecture’ by N B Harte, London: University College London, 1979; photocopy essay, ‘The intellectual aristocracy’ by Noel G Annan in Studies in Social History: A Tribute to G M Trevelyan, by J H Plumb (ed.), London: Longmans, Green and co, 1955; related manuscript research notes

1 file


K/PP178/6/2/14

1988-1989, 1998-1999

Papers of M H F Wilkins: papers relating to Wilkins’ family history research

Papers relating to genealogical research by Maurice Wilkins on the ancestors of his paternal grandmother, Mary Hutton Wilkins

1 file


K/PP178/6/2/15

1988-1994

Papers of M H F Wilkins: accounts of Wilkins’ ancestry

Typescript accounts of Wilkins’ ancestry, aspects of which are used in chapter 1, ‘Distant shores’, in his autobiography, The third man of the double helix (Oxford University Press, 2003). Also related manuscript research notes and correspondence

1 file


K/PP178/6/2/16

1989-1990

Papers of M H F Wilkins: papers relating to Wilkins’ genealogical research on his Swanwick family ancestors

Manuscript notes relating to Wilkins’ family history research in the British Library, chiefly relating to his paternal great-great aunt Anna Swanwick, and the Swanwick family

1 file


K/PP178/6/2/17

1989-1991

Papers of M H F Wilkins: papers relating to William Mortimer Wilkins

Papers relating to William Mortimer Wilkins (Wilkins’ great grandfather), including: annotated typescript accounts of the life of his son George Wilkins (Wilkins’ great uncle); photocopy of William Mortimer Wilkins’ entry in Commissioned Officers in the Medical Services of the British Army 1660-1960, Volume I, by A Peterkin and William Johnston (Wellcome Historical Medical Library, London 1968); related manuscript and photocopied research notes

1 file


K/PP178/6/2/18

1989-1990

Papers of M H F Wilkins: accounts of the life of Mary Hutton Wilkins and the ancestry of the Hutton family

Typescript accounts of the life of Mary Hutton Wilkins (Wilkins’ paternal grandmother) and the ancestry of the Hutton family, aspects of which were used in chapter 1, ‘Distant Shores’, of Wilkins’ autobiography, The third man of the double helix (Oxford University Press, 2003), with related manuscript research notes.

1 file


K/PP178/6/2/19

1989-1997, 2002

Papers of M H F Wilkins: personal correspondence relating to research on Wilkins’ family history

Personal correspondence, chiefly with relatives and friends, and chiefly concerning research on the history of the Wilkins family in Ireland, as background for Wilkins’ autobiography, The third man of the double helix (Oxford University Press, 2003). Includes personal information, CLOSED for review 2077

1 file


K/PP178/6/2/20

1990-1993

Papers of M H F Wilkins: accounts of the lives of Wilkins’ ancestors

Typescript annotated accounts of the lives of Wilkins’ ancestors, including William Mortimer Wilkins (Wilkins’ great-grandfather), William Wilkins (Wilkins’ grandfather), Eliza Wilkins (Wilkins’ great-aunt), Mary Hutton Wilkins (Wilkins’ grandmother) and Edgar Henry Wilkins (Wilkins’ father). Aspects of these accounts were used in chapter 1, ‘DistantShores’, in Wilkins’ autobiography, The third man of the double helix (Oxford University Press, 2003)

1 file


K/PP178/6/2/21

1991-1992

Papers of M H F Wilkins: papers relating to George Wilkins

Papers relating to George Wilkins (Maurice Wilkins’ great uncle), including annotated typescript accounts of the life of George Wilkins by Maurice Wilkins, aspects of which were used in chapter 1, ‘Distant shores’, in Wilkins’ autobiography, The third man of the double helix (Oxford University Press, 2003). Also related manuscript research notes

1 file


K/PP178/6/2/22

1993 Feb

Papers of M H F Wilkins: account of Wilkins’ paternal ancestors

Papers of M H F Wilkins: typescript account of Wilkins’ paternal ancestors, aspects of which were used in chapter 1, ‘Distant shores’, of Wilkins’ autobiography, The third man of the double helix (Oxford University Press, 2003)

1 file


K/PP178/6/2/23

1996-2000

Papers of M H F Wilkins: draft text on Wilkins’ family history and his early childhood

Two manuscript and one typescript annotated draft partial copies of chapter 1, ‘Distant Shores’, from Wilkins’ autobiography, The third man of the double helix (Oxford University Press, 2003), concerning Wilkins’ family history and early childhood

1 file


K/PP178/6/3/1-6 Drafts and related papers, 1973-2001, concerning Wilkins’ early life, 1916-1939, used in The third man of the double helix (Oxford University Press, 2003)


K/PP178/6/3/1

1973-[2000]

Papers of M H F Wilkins: papers relating to Wilkins’ childhood, and to science and society

Papers including: manuscript research notes relating to Wilkins’ childhood; typescript photocopy of proposal on higher education and social responsibility in science delivered by Wilkins to the Council for Science and Society, 7 Feb 1973; typescript transcript of lecture, ‘Science and the Future of Mankind’ by Wilkins. Original file title, ‘My archive’

1 file


K/PP178/6/3/2

1988-1994

Papers of M H F Wilkins: papers relating to Wilkins’ earliest years in New Zealand

Correspondence and notes relating to Wilkins’ earliest years inNew Zealand, chiefly his birthplace,30 Kelburn Place, Pongaroa. Also maps of New Zealand. File includes personal data, CLOSED for review 2074

1 file


K/PP178/6/3/3

1990, 1993-1994, 2001

Papers of M H F Wilkins: notes on Wilkins’ life as a student,CambridgeandBirmingham

Typescript and manuscript accounts relating to Wilkins’ friendships and political activities as a physics student,St John’s College, Cambridge University. Also manuscript draft text relating to research as a doctoral postgraduate student, Birmingham University, including his first impressions of John Randall

1 file


K/PP178/6/3/4

1991-1994, 1998-2001

Papers of M H F Wilkins: accounts of Wilkins’ early years inBritain

Typescript accounts of Maurice Wilkins’ early childhood in New Zealand, 1916-1923, move to UK, 1923, and childhood in Birmingham. Aspects of these accounts were used in chapter 1, ‘Distant shores’, The third man of the double helix by Maurice Wilkins. Also published booklet, ‘A city at war: Birmingham, 1939-1945’ (Birmingham Museums and City Art Gallery, 1985), with a photograph of Wilkins’ parents during their service as Fire Guards, World War Two

1 file


K/PP178/6/3/5

1993

Papers of M H F Wilkins: accounts of Wilkins’ childhood interest in science and technology

Typescript annotated accounts of Wilkins’ childhood, specifically relating to his early interest in science and technology. Aspects of these accounts were used in chapter 1, ‘DistantShores’, in his autobiography, The third man of the double helix (Oxford University Press, 2003)

1 file


K/PP178/6/3/6

[1995]

Papers of M H F Wilkins: accounts of Wilkins’ childhood in New Zealand

Two manuscript accounts of Maurice Wilkins’ childhood in New Zealand. Aspects of these accounts were used in chapter 1, ‘Distant shores’ of Wilkins’ autobiography, The third man of the double helix (Oxford University Press, 2003)

1 file


K/PP178/6/4/1-3 Drafts and notes, 1994-1998, relating to Wilkins’ research work during World War Two, 1940-1945, used in The third man of the double helix (Oxford University Press, 2003)


K/PP178/6/4/1

1994-1997

Papers of M H F Wilkins: notes on Wilkins’ work on the Manhattan Project, Berkeley, 1944-1945, and his return to the UK

Manuscript research notes and annotated typescript accounts of Maurice Wilkins’ work on the atomic bomb in the Manhattan Project, University of California at Berkeley, USA 1944-1945; his return to the UK to work with John Turton Randall at the University of St Andrews; his move to King’s College London. Aspects of these accounts were used in chapter 3, ‘In a world at war’ and chapter 4, ‘Randall’s circus’,Wilkins’ autobiography, The third man of the double helix (Oxford University Press, 2003)

1 file


K/PP178/6/4/2

1994-1998

Papers of M H F Wilkins: draft text relating to Wilkins’ work at St Andrews University, and to Rosalind Franklin

Draft text relating to Wilkins work as a lecturer in Physics, St Andrews University, 1945, and to Rosalind Franklin

1 file


K/PP178/6/4/3

[1996]

Papers of M H F Wilkins: draft annotated copies of chapter 3, ‘In a world at war’, from The third man of the double helix

Two typescript draft annotated partial copies of chapter 3, ‘In a world at war’, from Wilkins’ autobiography, The third man of the double helix (Oxford University Press, 2003), relating to his concerning his research in he development of radar screens, 1940-1941, and the development of the atom bomb, 1941-1945, including work on the Manhattan Project, University of California at Berkeley, USA, 1944-1945. Original file title ‘RAND I B, D, C’.

1 file


K/PP178/6/5/1-21 Drafts, notes and related papers, 1952-2003, concerning DNA research, King’s College London, chiefly 1950-1953, used in The third man of the double helix (Oxford University Press, 2003)


K/PP178/6/5/1

[1952]-2000

Papers of M H F Wilkins: photographs relating to Wilkins’ life and DNA research

Photographs relating to Wilkins’ life and DNA research, apparently assembled for possible inclusion in his autobiography, The third man of the double helix (Oxford University Press, 2003), including: x-ray diffraction images, mounted DNA fibres, models of DNA, and Patricia Wilkins. Original file title New Chapter System 21/05/2000

1 file


K/PP178/6/5/2

1960

Papers of M H F Wilkins: autobiographical notes

Brief autobiographical notes by Wilkins, summarising his career to 1960

1 item (4pp)


K/PP178/6/5/3

1985, 1991-1992

Papers of M H F Wilkins: notes and draft text for his autobiography, The third man of the double helix, relating to his working relationship with Rosalind Franklin

Manuscript notes and typescript draft text for Wilkins’ autobiography, The third man of the double helix (Oxford University Press, 2003), concerning the progress of DNA research in the Medical Research Council Biophysics Unit at King’s College London, 1951-1953, including reference to Wilkins’ working relationship with Rosalind Franklin. Also annotated photocopy notes on DNA history, 1985, for the BBC dramatisation of the discovery of the structure of DNA, Life Story (retitled Race for the double helix for broadcast in the USA), broadcast 1987 in the Horizon science documentary series. Original file title ‘Jan 92 AutBiog Notes DNA’

1 file


K/PP178/6/5/4

1987-1993

Papers of M H F Wilkins: papers relating chiefly to Wilkins’ autobiography

Typescript drafts, manuscript notes and correspondence relating to Wilkins’ draft autobiography, on topics including his childhood and early war time research on uranium. Correspondence includes personal data, CLOSED for review, 2067. Also portrait photographs of Wilkins, [1962] and [1987], and progress reports from the National Cataloguing Unit for the Archives of Contemporary Scientists,Bath, 1987-1993.

1 file


K/PP178/6/5/5

1989-1999

Papers of M H F Wilkins: draft text relating to Wilkins’ ancestors and to his DNA research

Draft text, with related correspondence, concerning Wilkins’ nineteenth century ancestors, his DNA research in the Medical Research Council Biophysics Unit, King’s College London, 1950s, and comment on the lasting impact of the discovery of the structure of DNA

1 file


K/PP178/6/5/6

1991-1996

Papers of M H F Wilkins: drafts for Wilkins’ autobiography, including his childhood and working relationships with other DNA researchers, including Rosalind Franklin, James Watson and Francis Crick

Typescript accounts covering: Wilkins’ childhood in Birmingham; Rosalind Franklin’s arrival at King’s College London; Wilkins’ presentation at conference at the Stazione Zoologica in Naples, Italy, and meeting with Jim Watson, 1951; Wilkins’ working relationship with Franklin; Wilkins’ perspective on Franklin’s unhappiness at King’s College London; Wilkins’ relationship with other DNA scientists including Jim Watson and Francis Crick. File includes letters from Helen Saibil and Dieter Middendorf commenting on Wilkins’ writing. Aspects of these accounts were used in chapter 1, ‘Distant shores’, chapter 4, ‘Randall’s circus’, chapter 5, ‘Crystal genes’, chapter 6, ‘Go back to your microscopes!’ and chapter 8, ‘The double helix’, in Wilkins’ autobiography, The third man of the double helix (Oxford University Press, 2003)

69pp


K/PP178/6/5/7

1992

Papers of M H F Wilkins: draft text on DNA research, 1951

Two draft typescripts relating to DNA research in the Medical Research Council Biophysics Unit, King’s College London, 1951, entitled ‘Post-Perutz meeting 51 the letter’, including comment on Wilkins’ working relationship with Rosalind Franklin

1 file


K/PP178/6/5/8

1992

Papers of M H F Wilkins: draft text, entitled ‘The secret pattern’, concerning Wilkins’ first reaction to ‘Photo 51’

Draft text, entitled ‘The secret pattern’, concerning Wilkins’ reaction to Rosalind Franklin’s DNA x-ray diffraction image of B form DNA, later known as ‘Photo 51’, given to him by Raymond Gosling, Jan 1953. Aspects of this account were used in chapter 8, ‘The double helix’, in Wilkins’ autobiography, The third man of the double helix (Oxford University Press, 2003)

1 file


K/PP178/6/5/9

1992-1995, 2000

Papers of M H F Wilkins: notes by Wilkins on his recollections of DNA research, 1947-1953

Autobiographical manuscript research notes on topics including: Wilkins’ relationship with Rosalind Franklin and his perception of the reasons for the animosity between them; his feelings regarding James Watson and Francis Crick, and the events surrounding the 1953 discovery of the structure of DNA; the timeline of events for Wilkins’ autobiography, including returning to the UK, 1945, joining the Biophysics Unit at King’s College London, 1946, and meeting Francis Crick; Wilkins’ ideas about the important themes of the autobiography

1 file


K/PP178/6/5/10

1992-1994

Papers of M H F Wilkins: draft text concerning Wilkins’ reaction to accusations of sexism towards Rosalind Franklin, with related papers

Typescript draft text by Maurice Wilkins detailing his reaction to accusations of sexism towards Rosalind Franklin made by Anne Sayre in Rosalind Franklin & DNA (Norton, New York, 1975), and by Horace Judson, in The eighth day of creation: makers of the revolution in biology (Simon & Schuster, New York, 1978), with particular reference to a letter written by Maurice Wilkins to John Randall in early 1952. Also includes transcript of letter from Maurice Wilkins to John Randall, written in early 1952; related manuscript and typescript research notes by Wilkins. This chapter was largely omitted from Maurice Wilkins’ published autobiography, The third man of the double helix (Oxford University Press, 2003),

1 file


K/PP178/6/5/11

1992-2002

Papers of M H F Wilkins: draft text relating to DNA research, King’s College London, 1950-1951

Typescript draft annotated partial copies of chapter 5, ‘Crystal genes’, and chapter 6, ‘Go back to your microscopes!’, from Wilkins’ autobiography, The third man of the double helix (Oxford University Press, 2003), concerning early DNA research in the Medical Research Council Biophysics Unit, King’s College London, before 1951, particularly Wilkins’ working relations with John Randall and Rosalind Franklin. Also related notes on Randall and Franklin, including comment on the possible motives underlying some of Randall’s managerial decisions as Director, Medical Research Council Biophysics Unit, King’s College London

1 file


K/PP178/6/5/12

1992-1998

Papers of M H F Wilkins: draft text relating to the progress of DNA research, 1951-1952

Three copies of draft typescript text relating to the progress of DNA research, 1951-1952, original title ‘After the Fraser model based on events from late 1951’

1 file


K/PP178/6/5/13

1992-2002

Papers of M H F Wilkins: draft text relating to events in Wilkins’ life, 1923-1980

Draft text on topics including: life inBirminghambefore and during World War Two; Wilkins’ early work with John Randall, 1938-1940; DNA research, 1950s; Wilkins’ Albert Lasker Award, 1960, and Nobel Prize, 1962; non governmental organisation Food and Disarmament International (FDI), 1980s. Also a timeline of events in Wilkins’ life, 1937-1946

1 file


K/PP178/6/5/14

1992-1999

Papers of M H F Wilkins: draft text on DNA research at King’s College London

Draft text relating to DNA research in the Medical Research Council Biophysics Unit, King’s College London, 1950s, with particular reference to Rosalind Franklin

1 file


K/PP178/6/5/15

[1992]

Papers of M H F Wilkins: draft text relating to a 1951 scientific conference,Naples

Draft accounts of Wilkins’ attendance at a scientific conference, Naples, Italy, 1951 (where he displayed his first clear crystalline x-ray pattern of DNA), also attended by James Watson. Aspects of this account were used in chapter 5, ‘Crystalgenes’, in Wilkins’ autobiography, The third man of the double helix (Oxford University Press, 2003). Also annotated ‘Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society, Volume 9, November 1963, with a biography of William Thomas Astbury (whom Wilkins first met at theNaples conference)

1 file


K/PP178/6/5/16

1993-1998

Papers of M H F Wilkins: draft text relating to Wilkins’ visit toBrazilandPeru, 1952

Draft typed text relating to Wilkins’ attendance at a biomolecular conference, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and subsequent trip to Peru, 1952. Also comment on his early DNA research with Raymond Gosling, and on his relationship with Francis Crick. Aspects of this account were used in chapter 7, ‘How does DNA keep its secrets?’, in his autobiography, The third man of the double helix (Oxford University Press, 2003)

1 file


K/PP178/6/5/17

1993-1999

Papers of M H F Wilkins: draft text relating to John Randall

Typescript draft text, with annotations, on the character and working methods of Sir John Turton Randall (1905-1984, Head of the Medical Research Council Biophysics Unit, King’s College London, 1946-1970. Includes text omitted from the final published edition of chapter 4, ‘Randall’s Circus’, in Wilkins’ autobiography, The third man of the double helix (Oxford University Press, 2003). Also related notes, including comment, 1999, on Wilkins’ draft by ‘Helen’ (possibly molecular biologist Helen Saibil, Bernal Professor of Structural Biology,BirkbeckCollege)

1 file


K/PP178/6/5/18

[1995-2000]

Papers of M H F Wilkins: notes on Wilkins’ early life and DNA research

Typescript and manuscript research notes by Maurice Wilkins on topics including: DNA work and his consideration of base pairs as a component of the structure of DNA; visit to Peru, 1952, and its profound effect on his thinking on scientific responsibility; the fame experienced by James Watson and Francis Crick after the discovery of the structure of DNA; childhood and ancestry

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K/PP178/6/5/19

1995 Nov-2000

Papers of M H F Wilkins: draft text on the immediate impact of the Crick and Watson DNA double helix model, 1953, with related manuscript notes

Four typescript early draft partial copies of chapter 8, ‘The double helix’, fromWilkins’ autobiography, The third man of the double helix (Oxford University Press, 2003), with annotations. Also manuscript notes written Oct 1995-Dec 1996, relating to his perception of events that occurred during X-ray diffraction studies of DNA and the creation of the Watson-Crick double helix model 1950-1953, including: his working relationships with Rosalind Franklin, Francis Crick, James Watson and John Randall; his reasons for turning down co-authorship of Watson and Crick’s DNA double helix hypothesis article published in Nature, Apr 1953; how the work of the Biophysics Unit, King’s College London, connected with other research being undertaken in the early 1950s; Wilkins’ feelings relating to the Watson-Crick double helix model. Original file title ‘HELI 1’.

2 files


K/PP178/6/5/20

1996-1997

Papers of M H F Wilkins: draft text, ‘After Rosalind’s departure’

Two copies of draft typescript text, ‘After Rosalind’s departure’, relating to the progress of DNA research in 1953

1 file


K/PP178/6/5/21

2000-2003

Papers of M H F Wilkins: draft text and corrections for his autobiography, The third man of the double helix, with related correspondence

Typescript and manuscript text extracts, with corrections, for Wilkins’ autobiography, The third man of the double helix (Oxford University Press, 2003). Also printed email correspondence between members of the Wilkins family and theOxford University Press, including personal details CLOSED for review 2083.

1 file


K/PP178/6/6/1-3 Papers, 2000-2004, relating to the editing and publication of Wilkins’ autobiography, The third man of the double helix (Oxford University Press, 2003)


K/PP178/6/6/1

2000-2004

Papers of M H F Wilkins: papers chiefly relating to the editing of Wilkins’ autobiography

Correspondence with Michael Rodgers, Oxford University Press, with accompanying draft text, relating to the editing of Wilkins’ autobiography, The third man of the double helix (OUP, 2003). Also personal correspondence, including news of the death of King’ College London colleague Alec Stokes, and requests for interviews, advice and signatures, containing personal data, CLOSED for review 2083. Original file titles ‘2003’ and ‘OUP’

1 file


K/PP178/6/6/2

2003

Papers of M H F Wilkins: papers relating to the publication of The third man of the double helix

Correspondence and press cuttings relating to the impending publication of The third man of the double helix (Oxford University Press, 2003)

1 file


K/PP178/6/6/3

2004

Papers of M H F Wilkins: letters and reviews relating to his autobiography, The third man of the double helix

Letters received by Wilkins following the publication of his autobiography, The third man of the double helix (Oxford University Press, 2003), including a letter from Raymond Gosling. Also copies of printed reviews from publications including Nature, and Times Literary Supplement. File includes personal details CLOSED for review 2084

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