October 09, 2004


Maurice Wilkins may have been one hell of a DNA scientist, but his real skill was an uncanny ability to simultaneously be noticed and ignored:

New Zealand scientist Maurice Hugh Frederick Wilkins, hailed as an unsung hero of DNA research, has died in London.

Posted by Tim Blair at October 9, 2004 02:45 AM

I thought that was a skill all New Zealanders had, except for Peter Jackson.

Posted by: Mike G at October 9, 2004 at 02:54 AM

Allow me to translate: "That damned flashy Crick and Watson hoovered up all the credit, leaving Wilkins with nothing. Er, except his share of the Nobel. Bloody typical Yanks and Poms. Kiwis always get the short end of the stick."

This translation brought to you in bitter irony by the shade of Rosalind Franklin.

Posted by: Angie Schultz at October 9, 2004 at 07:03 AM

Someday I too hope to be hailed as unsung.

Posted by: Sortelli at October 9, 2004 at 08:47 AM