Maurice Wilkins

1916 - 2004

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Maurice Hugh Frederick Wilkins (15 December 1916 – 5 October 2004) was a New Zealand-born British biophysicist and Nobel laureate whose research spanned multiple areas of physics and biophysics, contributing to the scientific understanding of phosphorescence, isotope separation, optical microscopy and X-ray diffraction, and to the development of radar. He is best known for his work at King's College London on the structure of DNA. Wilkins' work on DNA falls into two distinct phases. The first was in 1948–1950, when his initial studies produced the first clear X-ray images of DNA, which he presented at a conference in Naples in 1951 attended by James Watson. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Maurice Wilkins has received more than 581,914 page views. His biography is available in 64 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 62 in 2019). Maurice Wilkins is the 137th most popular physicist (up from 152nd in 2019), the 5th most popular biography from New Zealand (down from 4th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular New Zealander Physicist.

Maurice Wilkins is most famous for his work with Rosalind Franklin, James Watson, and Francis Crick in discovering the double helix structure of DNA.

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Among physicists, Maurice Wilkins ranks 137 out of 721Before him are Peter Grünberg, Hans Geiger, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, Paul Langevin, Laura Bassi, and Alfred Kastler. After him are Julius von Mayer, François Englert, Owen Chamberlain, Hans Bethe, Roger Penrose, and Ilya Frank.

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Among people born in 1916, Maurice Wilkins ranks 20Before him are Ahmed Ben Bella, Herbert A. Simon, Ferruccio Lamborghini, João Havelange, Yehudi Menuhin, and Sirimavo Bandaranaike. After him are Robert McNamara, Tsutomu Yamaguchi, Camilo José Cela, C. Wright Mills, Alexander Prokhorov, and Peter Finch. Among people deceased in 2004, Maurice Wilkins ranks 20Before him are Janet Leigh, Christopher Reeve, Ahmed Yassin, Susan Sontag, Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld. After him are Stieg Larsson, Leônidas, Estée Lauder, Helmut Newton, Carlos Kleiber, and Renata Tebaldi.

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In New Zealand

Among people born in New Zealand, Maurice Wilkins ranks 5 out of 206Before him are Ernest Rutherford (1871), Edmund Hillary (1919), Russell Crowe (1964), and Bruce McLaren (1937). After him are Peter Jackson (1961), Katherine Mansfield (1888), Denny Hulme (1936), Alan MacDiarmid (1927), Kiri Te Kanawa (1944), Chris Amon (1943), and Burt Munro (1899).

Among PHYSICISTS In New Zealand

Among physicists born in New Zealand, Maurice Wilkins ranks 2Before him are Ernest Rutherford (1871).