Rosalind Elsie Franklin was born on July 25th, in London, England, into a Jewish family. This family was well educated, by society’s standards, and was active in many facets of their community. Rosalind attended one of the few science oriented schools in London and it was there that she proved her affluence at a young age. She was to become a scientist and went to study at Newnham College.  

She decided work towards a doctorate at Cambridge University, where she later received her PhD. She began working with X-Ray diffraction at the Laboratoire Central des Services Chimiques de L’Etat in Paris. “Rosalind learned many different techniques, and how to use them to extract DNA fibers and arrange them into bundles. She eventually, using this method, discovered the key to DNA structure” (MNSU.edu). Then, using these X-Ray diffraction techniques, she essentially photographed this structure and captured the essence of human life. The image was one of many by various researchers that hinted at a helix, but its singular clarity helped lead Dr. Watson and his colleague Francis Crick to the structure of DNA” (NYTimes.com). Soon thereafter, the two, along with their accomplice Maurice Wilkins, would be solely credited with the discovery and would leave Rosalind, the “helpless woman”, to be forgotten.  

To get to speak with such a mind would be a life changing experience. I would love to converse with her regarding the controversy surrounding her story and about the challenges she faced to accomplish what she did, in spite of how women were treated in those days

This is an edited copy of my intro; read on in my culture site project…

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