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Three Biophysicists Win Nobel Prize

Oct. 18, 1962 - Three biophysicists — two from Britain and one from the U.S. — were named today as winners of the 1962 Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology. They were honored for their contribution to the understanding of the basic life process through their discovery of the molecular structure of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), the substance of heredity. The American is Dr. James Dewey Watson (left), 34, a professor in Harvard University’s department of biology. The Britons are Dr. Maurice Hugh Frederick Wilking, 46, deputy director of the biophysics laboratory at Kings College, London, and Dr. Francis Harry Compton Crick (right), 46, of the Institute of Molecular Biology at Cambridge. The three will share the prize money, which amounts this year to the equivalent of nearly $50,000.


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