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WILKINS, Maurice Hugh Frederick (1916-2004)

K/PP178/15: Photographs and illustrations relating to Wilkins’ life and career, 1928-2002

References on this page: K/PP178/15


These photographs and illustrations were originally stored separately from his other files by Wilkins: this arrangement has been preserved.


  • K/PP178/15/1/1-9 photographs relating to scientific research, chiefly DNA, 1951-1971
  • K/PP178/15/2/1-6 photographs relating to Wilkins’ scientific research and his colleagues in the Biophysics Department, King’s College London, 1950-1996
  • K/PP178/15/3/1-5 photographs relating to honours and awards, 1962-2003
  • K/PP178/15/4/1-6 photographs relating to travel and to family life, 1930s-c 2000
  • K/PP178/15/5/1-2 collected postcards and prints, 1920s-1980s
  • K/PP178/15/6/1-4 original watercolours, sketches and cartoons by Wilkins, 1928-1980s


K/PP178/15/1-9 photographs relating to scientific research, chiefly DNA, 1951-1971


K/PP178/15/1/1

1951-1963

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

Photographic prints and acetate negatives of x-ray diffraction exposures of DNA produced by the Biophysics Department, King’s College London, including: diffraction exposures of A and B form DNA; Rosalind Franklin’s May 1952 image of B form DNA (‘Photo 51’); molecular models of DNA; densitometer exposures of DNA; graphs of the measurements taken from x-ray diffraction exposures of DNA

88 items


K/PP178/15/1/2

[1953-1968]

Papers of M H F Wilkins: photographs and negatives of models of DNA and related illustrations

Photographic prints and colour acetate negatives of molecular models of DNA, including photographs of early wire models of DNA, space-filled Courtauld models, and molecular diagrams of DNA structure and of types of base-pairing arrangements 

35 items


K/PP178/15/1/3

1955

Papers of M H F Wilkins: photographic prints of x-ray diffraction exposures of B form DNA

Photographic prints of x-ray diffraction exposures of B form DNA created by Wilkins, later annotated ‘Best B 92% [relative humidity] A4 prints’

4 items


K/PP178/15/1/4

[1957-1963]

Papers of M H F Wilkins: photographic prints of x-ray diffraction exposures of B form DNA

Photographic prints and one acetate negative of x-ray diffraction exposures of B form DNA, chiefly duplicates of quarter plate negative numbered ‘5568’, indexed as the ‘Best B pattern of DNA’ (see also KDBP/1/1)

15 items


K/PP178/15/1/5

[1957-1965]

Papers of M H F Wilkins: photographic prints relating to DNA and RNA research

Photographic prints relating to DNA, RNA and nucleoprotein research, Department of Biophysics, King’s College London, including: different x-ray diffraction exposures of DNA (B-form, Na [sodium] DNA, particular layer lines); x-ray diffraction exposures of RNA; electron microscope images of RNA spherulites with printed captions; prints of diagrams showing skeletal formulae and molecular models

30 items


K/PP178/15/1/6

1960s

Papers of M H F Wilkins: photographic prints of RNA

Photographic prints, chiefly electron microscope images of RNA spherulites, created in the Department of Biophysics, King’s College London. Also two half-plate glass slides of a blank grid pattern

35 items


K/PP178/15/1/7

[1968-1971]

Papers of M H F Wilkins: slides relating to Wilkins’ research on membrane structure

Mounted slides of x-ray diffraction images, diagrams, data tables and a molecular model, relating to Wilkins’ research on membrane structure

124 items


K/PP178/15/1/8

[1970-1971]

Papers of M H F Wilkins: slides relating to Wilkins’ research on nerve membranes, including frog sciatic nerve

Mounted slides relating to nerve membrane research, including data tables and charts. Original box title, ‘MW’

13 items


K/PP178/15/1/9

[1970]

Papers of M H F Wilkins: slides relating to membrane research data

Mounted slides of electron density mapping and Fourier transforms, probably relating to Wilkins’ membrane research. Also colour image of a laboratory interior

6 items


K/PP178/15/2/1-6 photographs relating to Wilkins and his colleagues in the Biophysics Department, King’s College London, 1950-1996


K/PP178/15/2/1

1950-[1962], [1990s]

Papers of M H F Wilkins: photographs of the King’s College London Biophysics Department staff

Photographs, including: a King’s College London Biophysics Department Christmas party; a departmental cricket match; images of x-ray diffraction laboratory equipment; a 1950s sample of stretched DNA fibre on its original mount, photographed in the 1990s

11 items


K/PP178/15/2/2

1958

Papers of M H F Wilkins: photographs taken from a television recording of Wilkins demonstrating the structure of DNA

Photographs of Wilkins with models and laboratory equipment, taken during the filming of a BBC television documentary, ‘DNA, the secret of life’, 1958

11 items


K/PP178/15/2/3

[1960s]

Papers of M H F Wilkins: official photographs of Wilkins

Publicity photographs of Wilkins taken at the time of his nomination for the Nobel Prize, 1962, including Wilkins with x-ray diffraction apparatus, with a molecular model of DNA, teaching and addressing an audience

14 items


K/PP178/15/2/4

[1962-1983]

Papers of M H F Wilkins: photographs of Wilkins and his colleagues, Department of Biophysics, King’s College London

Photographs of Wilkins and his colleagues, Department of Biophysics, King’s College London, including: group photograph of DNA researchers, early 1960s; office party, 1970s; Wilkins in his departmental office; Wilkins explaining a DNA model to Princess Anne, Chancellor of the University of London, 1983

20 items


K/PP178/15/2/5

1981

Papers of M H F Wilkins: photographs of Wilkins, Department of Biophysics, King’s College London

Photographs and negatives of Wilkins in his office, Department of Biophysics, King’s College London, taken shortly before Wilkins’ retirement

46 items


K/PP178/15/2/6

1996

Papers of M H F Wilkins: photographs of an 80th birthday party for Wilkins

Photographs of an 80th birthday party held for Maurice Wilkins by King’s College London students

11 items


K/PP178/15/3/1-5 photographs relating to honours and awards, 1962-2002


K/PP178/15/3/1

1962

Papers of M H F Wilkins: photographs of the 1962 Nobel Prize ceremony

Photographs and transparencies of the 1962 Nobel Prize ceremony where Wilkins, Frances Crick and James Watson were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology.  Photographs include the formal ceremony and reception, and other Nobel Prize recipients Max Perutz and John Kendrew (for Chemistry), and John Steinbeck (for Literature)

42 items


K/PP178/15/3/2

1992

Papers of M H F Wilkins: photographs relating to Wilkins’ honorary degree from Trinity College

Photographs of Wilkins receiving an honorary degree from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

42 items


K/PP178/15/3/3

1993

Papers of M H F Wilkins: photographs of Wilkins at celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the discovery of the structure of DNA

Images of Wilkins and his fellow DNA researchers Alexander Stokes, Herbert Wilson and Raymond Gosling at an event at King’s College London to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the discovery of the structure of DNA. Also a group photograph of the attendees at a 40th anniversary gathering, Chicago, USA

8 photographs, 35 slides


K/PP178/15/3/4

2000

Papers of M H F Wilkins: photographs of the formal opening of the Franklin Wilkins Building, King’s College London

Photographs of the formal opening of the Franklin Wilkins Building, King’s College London, including Wilkins, James Watson, Watson Fuller, Struther Arnott, Principal Arthur Lucas, HRH Princess Anne and the commemorative plaque. Also photographs of equipment used during DNA research at King’s, 1950s, some on display for the formal opening

47 items


K/PP178/15/3/5

2002

Papers of M H F Wilkins: photographs of the unveiling ceremony for an official portrait of Wilkins

Photographs chiefly of the Wilkins family at the unveiling of a portrait commissioned by the Royal Society of New Zealand. Also photographs of Wilkins posing for the portrait, a self portrait by the artist, Juliet Kac, and her portrait of Bruce Kent, former head of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND)

20 items


K/PP178/15/4/1-6 photographs relating to family life and to travel, 1930s-c 2000


K/PP178/15/4/1

[1930s-2000s]

Papers of M H F Wilkins: photographs of Wilkins

Photographs of Wilkins, chiefly informal snapshot photographs and 1960s portrait photographs

26 items


K/PP178/15/4/2

1940s-1980s

Papers of M H F Wilkins: photographs of the Wilkins family

Photographs and colour and black and white negatives, chiefly of the Wilkins family at home and on holiday

28 items


K/PP178/15/4/3

1982

Papers of M H F Wilkins: photographs of Wilkins’ lecture tour of Japan

Snapshot photographs of Wilkins, his family and his hosts during a nuclear disarmament lecture tour of Japan

30 items


K/PP178/15/4/4

1983

Paper of M H F Wilkins: photographs of the International Union of Elementologists Conference, India

Photographs of Wilkins, his wife Patricia Wilkins and fellow attendees, at the first conference of the International Union of Elementologists, Delhi, India

16 items


K/PP178/15/4//5

1981, 1986, 1988

Papers of M H F Wilkins: photographs of Food and Disarmament International events

Photographs relating to the activities of international non-governmental organisation Food and Disarmament International (FDI), including: Wilkins and other members of the Nobel Laureates Manifesto for Peace group at the Vatican with Pope John Paul II, 1981; an FDI conference, Madrid, Spain, 1986; a demonstration in Paris, France, 1988

10 items


K/PP178/15/4/6

[1970s]-1988

Papers of M H F Wilkins: images of Wilkins at conferences and meetings relating to scientists and political activism

Images of Wilkins attending conferences and meetings including the World Federation of Scientific Workers (WFSW), conferences of Nobel Prize winners held in Lindau, Germany, and demonstrations against cruise missiles

24 photographs, 28 slides


K/PP178/15/5/1-2 collected postcards and prints


K/PP178/15/5/1

[1920s-1980s]

Papers of M H F Wilkins: collected postcards

Postcards preserved by Wilkins (chiefly blank), including: Brussels, Belgium; Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand; San Francisco, USA; publicity card for an exhibition, ‘Artists for Nuclear Disarmament’, Acme Gallery, London, 1981

9 items


K/PP178/15/5/2

[1950s-1980s]

Papers of M HF Wilkins: collected prints and illustrations

Prints and illustrations preserved by Wilkins, including: a view of Richmond, near Berkeley, California, USA; the cave of St Francis of Assisi, Umbria, Italy; ballet dancer Carlotta Grisi, 1844; the audience at an unidentified conference, including Wilkins, Francis Crick and Aaron Klug, captioned ‘a dull paper’

7 items


K/PP178/15/6/1-4 original watercolours, sketches and cartoons by Wilkins, 1928-1980s


K/PP178/15/6/1

1928-[1940s-1950s], 1987

Papers of M H F Wilkins: watercolours and drawings by Wilkins

Watercolours and drawings by Wilkins, including landscapes and abstracts. Also a sketch of water fowl by ‘Scottie Wilson’

10 items


K/PP178/15/6/2

[1934]-1950s

Papers of M H F Wilkins: abstract designs by Wilkins

Detailed circular mandalas and other designs drawn by Wilkins

36 items


K/PP178/15/6/3

[1940s-1950s]

Papers of M H F Wilkins: cartoon doodles by Wilkins

Cartoon doodles drawn by Wilkins. Also a cartoon sketch of a laboratory, with ‘ideas’ floating near the ceiling, reproduced in Wilkins’ autobiography, The third man of the double helix (Oxford University Press, 2003). Original file title, ‘Little men’

26 items


K/PP178/15/6/4

1972-2000

Papers of M H F Wilkins: teaching cartoons by Wilkins

Annotated cartoons drawn by Wilkins to illustrate his King’s College London lectures on ‘The social impact of the biosciences’, 1972-2000, and his Eddington lecture series on the history of science, 1978, given at Cambridge University. Images include Francis Crick and James Watson contemplating the divisions in Western culture; uncorking the bottle of the secrets of life with a DNA helix-shaped corkscrew; devils of various social pressures hampering the scientist on his ascent to knowledge; the real and apparent differences between medieval and modern world views

52 items and 9 slides

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