DNA Timeline In 1953, James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, and Rosalind Franklin and colleagues published several landmark papers on the structure of DNA. That significant research changed the way that we think about and view the blueprint for life. Their discoveries paved the way for many others and enabled them to make their own major advancements in the genetics field.
I met Maurice Wilkins while at a conference in Naples, Italy. He lectured on a revolutionary technique called x-ray crystallography. In this picture he is using the machine to take a photo of DNA. This was first time I was able to see a picture of the molecule and was the beginning of my quest to find its structure.
50 years ago, Maurice Wilkins, along with Francis Crick and James Watson, were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine "for their discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material".