George Gamow



Russian astrophysicist George Gamow is seen as the father of the Big Bang. Gamow was a creative thinker who felt quite at home taking a sidestep into another discipline. His contribution to cracking the genetic code is seen as “perhaps the last example of amateurism in scientific work on a grand scale.”


  1. George Gamow, 1954. ‘Possible relation between deoxyribonucleic acid and protein structures’. Nature 173, 318.ADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Brian Hayes, 1998. ‘The invention of the genetic code’. American Scientist 86 (1) 8–14.Google Scholar
  3. Eamon Harper, 2001. ‘In Appreciation George Gamow: Scientific Amateur and Polymath’. Physics in Perspective 3, 335–372.MathSciNetADSMATHCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. James Watson, 2003. Genes, Girls and Gamow. Vintage Books, 336 pp.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.HeerdeThe Netherlands

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