Short Biography – Crick, Francis Harry Compton (b.1916):Crick was born in 1916, at Northampton, England. He studied physics at University College, London, obtaining a science degree in 1937. During the war he worked as a scientist for the British Admiralty. In 1947 Crick left the Admiralty and went off to Cambridge to study biology. In 1954, he obtained a Ph.D.; his thesis was entitled “X-ray diffraction: polypeptides and proteins.” A critical influence in Crick’s career was his friendship, beginning in 1951, with James Watson; this relationship, in 1953, led to the proposal of the double-helical structure for DNA (Deoxyribo Nucleic Acid). In 1976, Crick joined the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California, where he became involved in studies on how the brain functions. Crick came to believe that one workings of the brain, as complicated as it surely is, is, however, discoverable. Crick was to conclude that in time a scientific models of consciousness will come about. He writes in his 1994 book The Astonishing Hypothesis: The Scientific Search for the Soul, “Your joys and your sorrows, your memories and your ambitions, your sense of personal identity and free will, are in fact no more that the behavior of a vast assembly of nerve cells and their associated molecules.”
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