Memoirs and anecdotes

Dr (Mrs) Beryl Rimmer, née Oughton

Together with Sydney Brenner, Dorothy Hodgkin, Leslie Orgel and Jack Dunitz, Beryl M. Oughton was one of the first people in April 1953 to see the model of the structure of DNA, constructed by Francis Crick and James Watson; at the time, she and the other scientists were working at Oxford University's Chemistry Department. All were impressed by the new DNA model, especially Brenner, who subsequently worked with Crick. According to the late Dr Rimmer (née Oughton), they all travelled together, once Dorothy Hodgkin announced to them that they were off to Cambridge to see the model of the structure of DNA.

Martin Packer