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Discovering science


My earliest interest in science
Francis Crick Scientist
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Well, I think I was first interested in science when I was a boy, and it’s very difficult to remember as far back as that, but as far as I can remember I was interested in science and it wasn’t something that I got from my parents because they didn’t know anything about science but they were very helpful and they gave me a book called The Children’s Encyclopaedia, which I read avidly, and then I’d wanted to do experiments and I, sort of, blew up things in bottles and tried various other things. So it goes… goes back really, I think, to my… the general curiosity I had as a child and my discovery that there was something, you might say, called science which you learnt about… about the world. So, that… that was the origin, I’m quite sure.

The late Francis Crick, one of Britain's most famous scientists, won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1962. He is best known for his discovery, jointly with James Watson and Maurice Wilkins, of the double helix structure of DNA, though he also made important contributions in understanding the genetic code and was exploring the basis of consciousness in the years leading up to his death in 2004.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is an independent documentary producer who has made a number of films about science and scientists for BBC TV, Channel Four, and PBS.

Tags: The Children’s Encyclopaedia

Duration: 43 seconds

Date story recorded: 1993

Date story went live: 24 January 2008