In the papers of Maurice Wilkins and those of the department of Biophysics Department are correspondence, articles, a PhD thesis, photographs and the diffraction patterns that Gosling produced with both Wilkins and Franklin. All these images have been selected for digitisation and this post contains a few samples of the type of material the collection holds.
One of our oldest pieces is a postcard sent to Wilkins from Gosling while on his honeymoon in 1950. His honeymoon consisted of touring Italy on his motorbike. Recently, I discovered that Wilkins, too, used to get lifts on the back of his motorbike after late nights working on x-ray diffraction experiments in the summer of 1950. Wilkins described this as “rather scary” but “enjoyed his hilarious time together” with Gosling.
|Early calf thymus x-ray diffraction pattern produced by Raymond Gosling, 1950 (ref: K/PP178/5/1/1 Copyright: King's College London)|
|Some Recollections of DNA Studies in the Biophysics Laboratories at King's College. (ref: KPP178/5/6)|
|Some Recollections of DNA Studies in the Biophysics Laboratories at King's College.(ref: KPP178/5/6)|
For Gosling, this period at King's could be broken down into four stages: firstly, the preliminary work around DNA before x-ray diffraction studies began and culminated in the first good crystalline pattern; secondly, the arrival of Franklin and the observation of two phases , Structure A and B, in DNA; thirdly, the interpretation of water content within the specimen and finally the ‘schism’ between Franklin and Wilkins.
You can read the full account of Raymond Gosling's reflections on his DNA work at King's via the Wellcome Digital Library- here.