The Discovery Memorial

December 15th 2005 saw the official unveiling of the Discovery Memorial. The sculpture, entitled Discovery, celebrates Francis Crick's discovery in 1953 of the DNA double helix, alongside the American James Watson. Crick, Watson and Maurice Wilkins were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1962.

Francis Harry Compton Crick was born in Weston Favell, Northampton on 8 June 1916. He died in July 2004, aged 88. The sculpture depicts the twisting strands of a DNA molecule with the two human figures representing "the secret of life" that is built from DNA.


Lucy Glendinning, who is established as a classical sculptor with contemporary design, created the memorial which was wholly funded by the Wilson Foundation.