Personal papers of Francis Harry Compton Crick, neuroscientist and Nobel Prize winner who co-discovered the helical structure
of DNA with James D. Watson. The papers document Crick's family, social and personal life from 1938 until his death in 2004
and include letters from friends and professional colleagues, family members, social acquaintances, and organizations. Important
correspondents include George Gamow, Georg Kreisel, Michael McClure, Leslie Orgel, Linus Pauling, Max Perutz, James D. Watson,
and Maurice H.F. Wilkins. The papers also contain photographs of Crick, his family and friends; several small pocket notebooks
and numerous appointment books (1946-2004); passports, writings of Crick and others; film and television projects, miscellaneous
certificates and awards; and collected memorabilia. The accession processed in 2007 contains additional general and condolence
correspondence, as well as materials related to Odile Crick.
Francis Harry Compton Crick was born on June 8, 1916 in Weston Favell, a district of Northampton, in central England. Crick
was the eldest of the two sons of Harry Crick (1878-1948) and Anne Elizabeth Crick (nee Wilkins) (1879-1955). His father and
uncle ran the leather boot and shoe factory founded by their father, Walter D. Crick, an amateur naturalist. The elder Crick
wrote a survey of local foraminifera (single-celled protists with shells), corresponded with Charles Darwin, and had two gastropods
(snails or slugs) named after him.