The exhibition has been assembled by Dr Geoff Browell, Archives Services Manager (Outreach), and Dr Stephen Miller of the College's Archives and Corporate Records Services. It includes rarely seen photographs of equipment, laboratories and key staff, notably Maurice Wilkins and Rosalind Franklin.
(Media-Newswire.com) - The exhibition has been assembled by Dr Geoff Browell, Archives Services Manager ( Outreach ), and Dr Stephen Miller of the College's Archives and Corporate Records Services. It includes rarely seen photographs of equipment, laboratories and key staff, notably Maurice Wilkins and Rosalind Franklin.
There are now new resource packs that include images of historic documents, people and equipment used in the project which are being made available to students and teachers. This will allow students, at Key Stage 3 and A-level, to learn more about the discovery and to investigate the ethics of science.
‘Students are invited to investigate these scientists and their work, using these primary sources that illuminate topics such as the role of women in science, the nature of scientific research and ethical considerations in science,' explains Dr Browell.
Scientists at King's played a fundamental role in this momentous discovery – one of the most significant of the 20th century. It also resulted in a Nobel Prize for Professor Maurice Wilkins, one of the King's team, in 1962, along with Watson and Crick from Cambridge. Others who worked on the discovery at the Strand Campus included: Rosalind Franklin, Ray Gosling, Herbert Wilson and Alec Stokes.
Deoxyribonucleic acid ( DNA ) is a nucleic acid that contains the genetic instructions for the development and functioning of living organisms. The work carried out at King's involved the painstaking x-ray diffraction photography of hydrated samples of DNA to try and learn more about its molecular structure. This was often hazardous work requiring the use of flammable hydrogen gas and experiments were usually carried out at night to limit the potential loss of life from any accidental explosion. The resulting images were analysed mathematically and vital clues were gained to the double helix shape of the molecule.
The exhibition was first launched in 2003 to mark the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA.
The College Archives acquires, preserves and makes accessible the institutional archives of King's College London, King's College Hospital, and organisations with which they have merged. The Archive Services team also manages the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, which was awarded Designated Status by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council ( MLA ) in 2005 for its outstanding military collections. ( See the Archives website. )
Notes to editors King's College London King's College London is the fourth oldest university in England with more than 13,700 undergraduates and nearly 5,600 graduate students in nine schools of study based at five London campuses. It is a member of the Russell Group: a coalition of the UK's major research-based universities. The College has had 24 of its subject-areas awarded the highest rating of 5* and 5 for research quality, demonstrating excellence at an international level, and it has recently received an excellent result in its audit by the Quality Assurance Agency.
King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, social sciences, natural sciences and biomedicine, and has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA. It is the largest centre for the education of healthcare professionals in Europe and is home to five Medical Research Council Centres, more than any other university.
King's is in the top group of UK universities for research earnings, with income from grants and contracts of more than £110 million, and has an annual income of more than £387 million.
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