Francis Crick’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

Jun 8, 1916

Death Date

Jul 28, 2004

Age of Death

88 years

Cause of Death

Colon Cancer



The biologist Francis Crick died at the age of 88. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

Famous English biologist and neuroscientist who became one of the most important contributors to understanding DNA when he co-discovered its helical structure in 1953. He was also the one to con the term “central dogma” in reference to how genetic information flows from DNA to RNA to protein.

He got married to Ruth Doreen crick on February 18, 1940, and after their divorce on May 8, 1947, married Odile crick on August 14, 1949.



“It seems likely that most if not all the genetic information in any organism is carried by nucleic acid – usually by DNA, although certain small viruses use RNA as their genetic material.” (Francis Crick)


“It is one of the more striking generalizations of biochemistry – which surprisingly is hardly ever mentioned in the biochemical textbooks – that the twenty amino acids and the four bases, are, with minor reservations, the same throughout Nature.” (Francis Crick)


“Moreover the incorporation requires the same components needed for protein synthesis, and is inhibited by the same inhibitors. Thus the system is most unlikely to be a complete artefact and is very probably closely related to genuine protein synthesis.” (Francis Crick)


“If, for example, all the codons are triplets, then in addition to the correct reading of the message, there are two incorrect readings which we shall obtain if we do not start the grouping into sets of three at the right place.” (Francis Crick)


“We’ve discovered the secret of life.” (Francis Crick)