Watson at the Eagle pub, 60 years later.

The Eagle is a pub at Cambridge, originally opened in 1667, which Jim Watson and the great Francis Crick, among others, used to visit during their time at the Cavendish Laboratory.

If you’ve read the Double Helix, you’ll be very familiar with it. If you haven’t, stop reading this post and go get a copy at Amazon. You won’t regret it.

Anyway, a great pic was posted in Twitter a few days ago, and I wanted to share it with you.

It was on February 28th, 1953, that Watson and Crick claimed they had cracked a big problem they have been working on; in fact Crick is said to have stormed into the Eagle proclaiming that they had ” found the secret of life”: they finally had a model for the structure of DNA.

Later that year, in April, the idea was formalized in the classic Nature paper.

2013 then, marks the 60th anniversary of this event, which opened the path for the explosion of molecular biology as a field.

Watson, now 84, appears in this great pic, taken to commemorate such an important event in the history of biological research. He is, of course, having a beer, like great scientists do.

Although this is not the original Eagle pub in Cambridge, but the one at CSHL, it is still a nice photograph.

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(Picture credit: CSHLnews)

Just for comparison, this is a picture taken of both of them in 1959.

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(Image credit)

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  1. #1 by millicentdanker on May 18, 2013 - 01:20

    I visited this pub 13 years ago and wrote a little verse about it!

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