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"In the time of my parents, before World War One, most people who came to New Zealand from Europe were the more enterprising people; the people who were stronger mentally. It takes a certain amount of imagination to make a life on the other side of the world, the same imagination it takes to climb the tallest mountain." - Maurice Wilkins

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His Irish father was a doctor.
 
He worked on the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos in New Mexico, where he stayed until the dropping of the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
 
Wilkins and his graduate student Raymond Gosling obtained the first X-ray photographs of DNA that showed that the long, thin molecule had a regular, crystalline form.
 
During the World War II he applied his expertise to the development of improved radar screens.
 
The technology Wilkins developed is still used in modern radar.

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