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Who was Rosalind Franklin?


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Jamison Bechtelar
February 05, 2020 3:35PM

Rosalind Franklin was a distinguished scientist whose research played a pivotal role in discovering the structure of DNA. However, she wasn’t widely credited for that discovery until fairly recently.

She earned her PhD in physical chemistry from Cambridge University in 1945, and she did her pivotal DNA research at King’s College between 1951 and 1953. The controversy over her role in the discovery of DNA’s structure stems from the fact that Maurice Wilkins, another researcher at King’s College, showed Franklin’s images of DNA to James Watson, another scientist trying to create a DNA model. Watson and his research partner Francis Crick published a paper about it shortly after, and Wilkins, Watson, and Crick all went on to receive a Nobel Prize for the double helix DNA model. Franklin was not recognized.

She spent the rest of her career studying viruses at Birkbeck College, and she passed away in 1958.

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August 21, 2011 6:07PM

Rosalind Franklin was a young woman scientist and, was born in the 25th of July 1920, died and on April 16, of 1958. She helped figure the structure of the DNA with an x-ray and a tin can...