Francis Crick, who along with James Watson discovered the double-helical structure of the DNA molecule, died Wednesday of colon cancer. He was 88.
Of course, no mention of the recipient of the 1962 Nobel Prize would be complete without reference to Watson, Crick, Wilkins, and Franklin. Rosalind Franklin was, by many accounts, equally responsible for the discovery of the structure of DNA:
[She] discovered (and was the first to state) that the sugar-phosphate backbone of DNA lies on the outside of the molecule. She also elucidated the basic helical structure of the molecule.