In , Maurice Wilkins, Francis Crick, and James Watson received the Nobel Prize, but it was Rosalind Franklin’s data and photographs of DNA that led to. 20 Jan Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA is the biography of the scientist whose research James Watson and Francis Crick needed to. 1 Feb Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA by Brenda Maddox. Harper Collins, £ 20, pp ISBN 0 8. Rating. Rosalind.

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Wilson, a second by Franklin and Gosling. The last chapter in the book also summarizes the futility of all ‘What ifs’. It was her photography and her research on the ones responsible for this incredible discovery.

It is in the tabloids every day. Especially because I’m starting my own PhD life, and I was also relieved and motivated by similarities loosely, nothing to brag about in attitude, principles, dreams and inter-personal relations, haha! This book was an informative read, however, on the life of a contributor to one of the greatest scientific discoveries in the 20th century.

The most astonishing fact I retrieved from this book among many others is probably the unashamed way in which Wilkins her boss and colleague went behind her back and shared her unpublished data with Watson and Crick which led to their finding of the DNA model. Because of it, she was able to pick up a new subject and race ahead with it.


Thankfully, Maddox spends very little time on the minutiae of how these discoveries work, focusing instead on explaining the broad outlines of what Franklin discovered.

See especially the section “Anatomy of Photo 51,” which engagingly explains how to view that famous photo and understand how it offered such valuable information to Lacy.

Franklin died before the prize was awarded. This section tye accessibly explains the molecular biology of her day and the painstaking physical and intellectual intricacies of making and interpreting x-rays of crystalline molecules.


It’s not surprising, because she was working in the U. I asked if she knew who I was reading about and she looked at me as if I was stupid and said, “Yeah, the woman who helped discover DNA, but nobody ever knows about” I guess that’s a close enough summary of what happened and I’m quite glad that she knew.

Join to find the hottest teen books, connect with your favorite YA authors and meet new friends who share your reading interests. It deals with timely feminist issues but also the key fundamentals of how we relate to each other, who we are, our tragic flaws As opened, Franklin wrote to a friend that she was leaving much work undone in order to get out of King’s as soon as possible. She was rosakind passionate about fashion and travel, especially hiking.

Also, side note, who knew you could publish in Nature “too much”?! No more than that.

But why, we outsiders may ask, this intense surge of fascination for the personalities and lab politics of ? We still need time to find a balance so there is greater evenness in opportunities.

Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA – Wikipedia

As she as taking these X-ray photographs, she was not aware of the damage that that they were doing to her, as they had no protection, even leaning over the camera frank,in it was taking the images. Discover what to roswlind next. Such an archive for the history of molecular biology is now being assembled by the Norman Publishing Company in San Francisco.

He has even suggested that the more fitting name for the new building would be the Hanson-Franklin-Wilkins building, in honour also of Dr Jean Hanson, his distinguished colleague at King’s for many years.

As a younger scientific reader, I had previously heard of Rosalind Franklin. Want to Read saving….

The college now knows the part it played in creating the tension between Wilkins and Franklin. Rosalind Franklin and Maurice Wilkins Kings’ intention is obviously to remind the world how much it contributed, through their work, to the discovery of the double helix of DNA in the spring of Inthe head of its biophysics unit, Professor Franklij T.


Interest-specific online venues will often provide a book buying opportunity. He believed Franklin was coming to join his team.

It was said that America bought out her sunny side, and her collaborations with American scientists were fruitful. This enabled her to put Photograph 51 into print at last. Signs of belated recognition proliferate.

Rosalind Franklin

What Is Your Dangerous Idea? I’m not sure why, because I thought it was a pretty interesting read. Since ovarian cancer took her life a decade before Watson’s memoir appeared, others have been left to respond to his version of the DNA story and representation of his if colleague. It sports 12 pages of notes referencing personal interviews and collected letters as well as a 9 page bibliography.

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As far as she was concerned, she was the frznklin expert in thhe field, and did her work admirably well, better than any man or woman could. Year Year Maddox also seems to make a point that Franklin also was quite keen on nice clothing, which was something you surely would not have gotten from Watson’s infamous caricature-like roaalind of “Rosy”.

On 7 March, a happy Wilkins wrote to Crick: In overhearing the men discuss their blond, statuesque co-conference attendee in terms of being a ‘Science Barbie’ and less mentionable terms with implications of her purpose being glass ware adornment not the papers she authored. Parentheses are meant to be used as a side note, and with side notes that long, readers get distracted from the plot line.