“Why celebrate the Semi-centenary of the Double Helix?”

A public lecture on 23rd April by Bob Olby to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Watson and Crick double helix model for DNA; University of Leeds Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre, 7.30 p.m.

Two researchers at the University of Leeds feature importantly in the historical background to Watson and Crick’s discovery: William Henry Bragg, University of Leeds 1909-1915, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics (with William Lawrence Bragg) in 1915 for research on crystalline structures using X-rays. and William Astbury who launched the field of molecular biology as Lecturer in Textile Physics at Leeds from 1928 and eventually as the first Professor of Biomolecular Structure in 1945.

This lecture is organized by Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society http://www.leedsphilandlit.org.uk/events.html

and supported by: The Division of History & Philosophy of Science Centre for Heritage Research School of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Leeds