In Recognition of Rosalind Franklin #internationalwomensday

Today is International Women’s Day, to commemorate this GryphonScience would like to remind you of the awesome work of Rosalind Franklin.

Born in 1920, Franklin is now recognised as one of the scientists whose work led to the discovery of the structure of DNA. Everyone who has recently studied GCSE Biology should now be aware of who she is, but not everyone is aware of the following facts:

  • Rosalind Franklin won a scholarship when she left school at 18, the money awarded she gave to refugee students.
  • Franklin was a chemist who worked with X-Ray crystallography and as well as her work on DNA, Franklin contributed to the understanding of the molecular structure of RNA, viruses, coal and graphite.
  • Franklin died of ovarian cancer in 1958, aged just 37.
  • 4 years after her death Crick, Watson and Wilkins were awarded a Nobel Prize and omitted Franklin from their acceptance speech.
  • Franklin asked to be referred to as Rosalind in James Watson’s book “The Double Helix” but he chose to call her Rosy, a name she was known to dislike.

Find out more about Rosalind Franklin here.

Find out more about International Women’s Day here

“We can do science, and with it, we can improve our lives…” Carl Sagan


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