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"Linus Pauling, Crusading Scientist."
"Linus Pauling, Crusading Scientist." 1977.
Produced for NOVA by Robert Richter/WGBH-Boston.

A Short Summary of Pauling's Involvement with DNA. (1:20)

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Linus Pauling: Well, I was interested in DNA. I was still working on proteins in the 1940's but I thought it would be nice to determine the structure of DNA and I was working on the problems at the same time Watson and Crick were and I thought in the course of time I would find...I would determine the structure but I got skinned out of it by Watson and beaten by Watson and Crick.

I wasn't working very hard at it as I had some other problems going too and I was handicapped, of course, by not having access to the experimental information that they had - the x-ray photographs. I tried to get hold of the x-ray photographs that Rosalind Franklin had made and I couldn't get them. I wrote trying to get them but didn't succeed in getting them, whereas Watson and Crick had them and were able to analyze them.


Creator: Linus Pauling
Associated: James D. Watson, Francis Crick, Rosalind Franklin
Clip ID: 1977v.66-dnawork

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Creator: Robert Richter, WGBH-Boston
Associated: Linus Pauling, Ava Helen Pauling, David Shoemaker, E. Bright Wilson, Jr., Frank Catchpool

Date: 1977
Genre: sound
ID: 1977v.66
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