Don Caspar on Jim Watson on Rosalind Franklin
  Don Caspar     Biography    
Recorded: 01 Jan 2001

In any case, Pasadena was an extremely dull place, but Jim and I sort of—we were sort of, you know, stuck together because there wasn’t anybody else to talk to. That, you know, Jim would go on about Rosalind Franklin in his, sort of very chauvinistic manner which made her seem—you know. Everything he said, you know, I sort of heard opposite to what he said, which was in fact much closer to reality than the version that he was recounting. So, I had really been looking forward very much to meeting Rosalind.

Donald Caspar, structural biologist and crystallographer, is a professor emeritus of Biological Sciences at the Institute of Molecular Biophysics at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida and is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Born on January 8, 1927, he received his B.A. in Physics from Cornell University in 1950, and his his Ph.D. in Biophysics from Yale University in 1955. Caspar is interested in protein adaptability, virus assembly, protein plasticity and x-ray diffraction. He currently researches the mechanics of protein movements by executing structural studies.

He has attended many symposia at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, starting in 1961, and worked with Watson at Caltech and Harvard. He is a member of the National Academy of Science. Dr. Casper is a long-time friend and colleague of Dr. James D. Watson as well as many of the early pioneers in molecular biology, including Dr. Rosalind Franklin.