Upon his return to Great Britain, Wilkins lectured at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. In 1946 he joined the Medical Research Council's Biophysics Unit at King's College, London. In 1955 he became its deputy director, and from 1970 to 1980 he served as the unit's director. There he began the series of investigations that led ultimately to his X-ray diffraction studies of DNA. He later applied X-ray diffraction techniques to the study of ribonucleic acid.
At King's College proper, Wilkins was professor of molecular biology
(1963-70), of biophysics (1970-81), and emeritus professor thereafter.
While there he published literature on light microscopy techniques for
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