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Crick, Francis Henry Compton

Molecular biologist at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge; Nobel laureate. In 1953, working with James Watson and using data collected by R. Franklin and M. Wilkins, Crick deduced the structure of DNA, and participated in subsequent efforts to determine the genetic code. Late in his career, Crick was president emeritus of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, favored an extraterrestrial origin for life on earth, and sought the neuroscientific basis of consciousness.

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