Every April 25 some of us commemorate the day in 1953 when Watson, Crick, Wilkins, et al (particularly Rosalind Franklin who received little credit at the time) published their paper on the structure of DNA. Today we celebrate the scientific advances that the understanding of DNA has made possible.
I met Francis Crick in the 1990’s and asked him for an autograph. He was a bit shocked saying he was unaccustomed to someone asking for his autograph, which in turn shocked me. I thought everyone would want one. He signed his name on a piece of paper, drew a double helix on it and handed it to me.
Francis Crick is gone but his achievements changed the world and his signature and double helix hang on my office wall today.
Reach me at CARL AT CARLKRUSE DOT ORG
P.S. Interested in science? Check out the March for Science: Carl Kruse – March for Science.
Also the great work done by the Richard Dawkins Foundation in science education and outreach:
I’m there at https://www.richarddawkins.net/members/carlkruse/
And possibly one of the most important science/agricultural projects in the world, the Svalbard Global Seed vault: https://carlkruse.org/svalbard/ – helping preserve the genetic diversity of humanity’s most important seeds used for food and serving as something of a doomsday vault.