Ten fun facts about Francis Crick

Fact 1
Francis Crick was born on 8th June 1916 in England and died on 28th July 2004 in the USA.

Fact 2
He is most famous for the DNA molecule structure discovery which he did with James D. Watson.

Fact 3
Francis Crick received his BSc degree in Physics from the University College London and later became a PhD student at the Gonville and Caius College.

Fact 4
Crick's main interest lied in two of the fundamental unsolved problems in Biology - how the brain turns into a conscious mind and how molecules transit from the non-living to the living. This interest pushed him to do his first research in the field of biophysics.

Fact 5
Francis Crick, along with James Watson, were the first to make helical models with the center of the helices being the phosphates. They further proposed the DNA double helix structure which was based on 'Watson-Crick' bonds between the four bases most frequently found in DNA.

Fact 6
Crick was not a very religious individual and expressed his thoughts on the relationship between religion and science in his book ' Of Molecules and Men'.

Fact 7
In his later research work, Francis Crick was greatly drawn to the subject of the origin of the genetic code. He had contributed greatly to the research related to the genetic code and is known for using the term 'central dogma' which summarized the one way flow of genetic information in the cells.

Fact 8
He stayed in his post of 'Distinguished Research Professor' at the SIBS institute in California and most of his later research was based on theoretical neurobiology and he also made attempts to take the study of human consciousness to a next level.

Fact 9
Crick's most famous books include 'Of Molecules and Men', 'Life Itself' and 'The Astonishing Hypothesis'.

Fact 10
Crick, Maurice Wilkins and James Watson shared the Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology in the year 1962.

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Short about Francis Crick
Was an English neuroscientist, molecular biologist and biophysicist.