The Double Helix - Chapter 6 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 6 Summary

Watson traveled to Cambridge and was formally invited to work there by Sir Lawrence Bragg, whose Bragg's Law was both integral to crystallography and completely unknown to Watson. Herman gave Watson his support to study at Cambridge, and Watson wrote to his fellowship committee. While awaiting permission to work in Cambridge, Watson moved to Cambridge, though the move was illegal until permission came. Herman's personal problems were common knowledge, and Watson knew that his fellowship committee would be expecting him to make a move. He was absolutely certain that they would simply approve his plan to work with the lab at Cambridge, which was approved by both his advisor and Herman.

Unfortunately, the unexpected happened. The head of the fellowship committee had been replaced, and the new chairman was more interested in taking a hand in students' lives and choices. The Fellowship Board indicated that they would...

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