DNA: Franklin and Wilkins

About Photograph 51

Maurice Wilkins and the x-ray diffraction camera he designed and built. Ray Gosling who was Maurice’s doctoral student before being reassigned to Rosalind Franklin by Randall (King’s Laboratory Director) while Wilkins was away on a vacation. Wilkins returned from vacation to learn that his camera, DNA and Gosling had been given over to Franklin. Gosling used the camera to take photograph 51 amongst of course, many other x-ray diffraction photographs of DNA. During this work Gosling continued to rely on Wilkins for technical guidance to improve the performance of the camera upto and subsequent to the taking of photograph 51.