Don Caspar on Jim Watson, Writer: The Molecular Biology of the Gene
  Don Caspar     Biography    
Recorded: 01 Jan 2001

That [The Molecular Biology of the Gene] ’s brilliant! Particularly the first edition because, I mean it was—I think completely broke with tradition in how one should approach problems in molecular biology, genetics starting out with, say aspects of basic physics of molecular interactions and it certainly scientifically, it’s had a profound influence.

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.