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Rosalind Franklin & DNA March 24, 2009

Posted by thedukeofurl in Uncategorized.

On Ada Lovelace Day, we should remember a remarkable woman scientist, Rosalind Franklin, who was instrumental in the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA. Without her X-Ray diffraction photograph #51 that she sent to Watson and Crick at Watson’s request, they may well have never achieved the insight they did in the time they did. After all, Linus Pauling was hot on their heels.

Sadly, she did not receive the recognition she deserved in this respect during her lifetime. Had she been alive when the Nobel Prize was awarded for the discovery of the structure of DNA, she would have undoubtedly shared it with Watson, Crick, and Wilkins.



1. Ruth - March 24, 2009

I don’t know much about Rosalind Franklin. Its a shame she didn’t – doesn’t – get the credit she deserves.

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4. Ex Girlfiend - April 10, 2009

The style of writing is quite familiar to me. Have you written guest posts for other bloggers?

5. DNA - March 12, 2010

We have at least Rosalind Franklin Awards. You are right, she didn’t have chance to get the ultimate award for her work.

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