Francis Crick was born in 1916 near Northampton, England. After showing early aptitude in mathematics, physics, and chemistry, he began a career as a researcher in the physical sciences. However, serendipity struck in the form of a German bomb in World War II which destroyed most of his work. He began studying biology instead, became deeply immersed in the stucture of cytoplasm and proteins, and co-discovered the helical structure and function of DNA, a major step in the development of modern genetics and molecular biology.
A devout advocate of evolutionary theory, he argued that what we call ‘the soul’ could be ultimately explained by neurology and biochemistry alone. His many publications (and co-publications) include “Towards a Neurobiological Theory of Consciousness” and “The Scientific Search For The Soul”.