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In The Double Helix, written by James D. Watson, there are many influential characters in regards to the discovery of the structure of DNA. The main characters being, James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, and Rosalind Franklin. The most outstanding characteristic of these people that is necessary to make point of is that Watson, Crick, and Wilkins are all males, while Rosalind is the only female. This is important because she provided some of the most important data to aid the men in finding the Double Helix, and women were not usually scientists in the 1900’s One point that is important to make is how individual these people’s thoughts were, but how each of them worked (for the most part) cohesively together to come to the conclusion that the structure of DNA was a double helix. James Watson, who is the narrator of the book, tells the readers, in the first pages that admittedly the story may be biased, for it only shows his point of view of this major discovery, not the points of views of other influential characters. Since he is the narrator, it is also hard to confirm his overall personality, due to the fact that we have no opinions shared about him, but from reading, one can assume he is a generally friendly man. Watson was a very young scientist whose main concerns of science were in the ornithology field, which studies the characteristics and movements of birds. After studying in this field for some time, he decided that he was more interested in viruses. Watson then formed the study of viruses into the genetics of the human body. Francis Crick was another dominant character throughout The Double Helix. Crick’s first description was described as a loud and excited man, whose ideas were always heard due to his incredibly loud tone. The man whom he worked with for a while, Sir Lawrence Bragg, was known to frequently leave the room due to the overwhelming presence of Crick. Because of his friendly personality, “…experiments usually lasted several months to years. This came partly from the volume of Crick’s voice: he talked louder and faster than anyone else and, when he laughed, his location within Cavendish was obvious” (9). Though the once physicist was very smart, he still lacked a Ph.D. even at the age of 35.  Before being interested in the world of biology/genetics, Crick was both a chemist and physicist. Maurice Wilkins was yet another important character who greatly influenced the process of the finding of the double helix. Wilkins did not spend much time working with Crick and Watson in the beginning because both Watson and Crick studied at Cavendish Laboratory of Cambridge University, while Wilkins worked primarily at King’s College of London. Both Wilkins and Crick alike, they were both ex-physicists. But unlike Crick, Wilkins received his Ph.D. in 1940 at the University of Birmingham. Though he was not as main of a character in this book as Watson and Crick, he still gave James and Francis many suggestions to find the solution. Rosalind Franklin is the last character worth noting in the book because she devoted her time to x-ray crystallography (will be explained in processes and methods paper). She was a very headstrong woman scientist which was not very common in the 1900s. Because of her personality and gender, she was discriminated on harshly by the men. The act of this discrimination was a big controversy after the publication of the book The Double Helix because the book described how the men would treat her inferior to them, even though a good deal of women’s rights were given prior to then. Regardless of the sexism, it was evident that the men were intimidated by her smarts, or the would have treated her as equal. Franklin’s work with the three others was difficult in the beginning because they did not trust her work. When they worked together more frequently, the readers saw a more personable relationship between the characters. If it were not for her unfortunate death, Rosalind Franklin would have won the Nobel Prize alongside her scientist companions. Within these 4 main characters, there were two sets of pairings. James Watson and Francis Crick were close workers who studied at Cavendish, and Maurice Wilkins and Rosalind Franklin worked together at King’s. Watson and Crick upon their meeting decide to work on the problem of DNA after realizing that Crick’s math paper on molecules and the money Watson was given to research molecular structure gave them a good start on conquering the problem. During this time, Maurice and Rosalind were working on taking photos of DNA structures, so Crick and Watson decided to get help from Wilkins. The four of them then worked in shifts of together and apart when finding the final product of DNA. There were some prevalent competitions between the groupings. First off, at times, both sides failed to inform the other team of some findings, for they began to think they would have the ability to find the answer with less help, therefore getting more fame for their work. Watson also began to become interested in crystallography, which was Rosalind’s specialty, but he was not as successful as her. There were also problems in regards to the cooperation between the people. Because some individuals were very independent and strong-willed, there were some problems when confronting one another about being false or going upon a problem in a way in which the other didn’t agree. But overall, the characters in this book surprisingly worked well together and eventually found the answer to what makes up humanity, the structure of DNA: The Double Helix.