K Hall


Having pioneered the use of X-rays to study the structure of DNA, Astbury and his research assisant Elwyn Beighton obtained an X-ray image that was very similar to the now famous 'Photo 51' obtained by Rosalind Franklin that provided James Watson and Francis Crick with an important clue, and after which a new play starring Nicole Kidman as Franklin takes its name. Read reviews of the play below:

Other useful links

The Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology, University of Leeds

The Centre for History and Philosophy of Science, University of Leeds

The Museum of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Leeds

Front Cover of 'The Man in the Monkeynut Coat'