Erling Norrby takes us through the history of the discovery of DNA structure, starting in the 1940s and ending in 1962 when the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to Watson, Crick, and Wilkins. Determining the structure of DNA involved contributions from biologists, chemists, and physicists, and was not without controversy and competition. Here, Norrby tells the story of how these scientists’ knowledge came together to make one of the greatest discoveries in all of biology.
Erling Norrby was a professor of Virology for 25 years at the Karolinska Institute, the School of Medicine in Stockholm, and during these years he was heavily involved in the selection process for the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He then served as Permanent Secretary at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for six… Continue Reading