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
, 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
on earth, and sought the neuroscientific basis of consciousness.