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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We’ve emailed you instructions for claiming your free e-book. This enabled her to put Photograph 51 into print at last. It was just what had happened to Franklin, she argued. I think’s a story everyone should rosalinnd, because she contributed a lot to one of the biggest scientific discoveries we’ve seen.

Science for me, gives a partial explanation of life.

It is clear that Franklin was a private person and that only a From my blog. The stage frwnklin the dingy basement laboratories beneath King’s College in the Strand – was thus set for trouble, even before the clash of temperaments that became apparent once Franklin heard Wilkins daring to voice his opinions on her results.

Commentary The relationship between the research lab and the clinic that marks modern medicine should make us curious about the workings of medical science and the way stories are told about that work. Franklin laughed off the dictatorial letter, saying: Maddox takes Watson to task especially for his incredibly unfair and dar, portrayal of Franklin in his book “The Double Helix”.

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Maddox also seems to make a point that Franklin also was quite rosxlind on nice clothing, which was something you surely would not have gotten from Watson’s infamous caricature-like descriptions of “Rosy”. Maddox details Franklin’s life – her upbringing upper-middle class Jewish in Londonher education, her scientific works studying coal in Paris, DNA at Kings College, and mainly tobacco mosaic virus at Birkbeck, and polio virusher struggles with funding, and the relationships she had with her fellow researchers, fam Great biography on scientist Rosalind Franklin, whose x-ray crystallography data led Watson and Crick used without her knowledge or permission to their DNA discovery etc etc.


She directed research programs for the study of plant viruses, and she investigated the polio virus shortly before she died. But the scientist who promoted that belief plotted the first memorable story about DNA, influencing our understanding of dafk meaning of the molecule and those who worked on it.

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Maddox does a fine job balancing personal details with the science, and provides enough technical information for the reader to get a feeling for the biggest passion of Franklin’s life. As soon as she could organise the transfer of her Turner-Newall fellowship to another University of London college, Birkbeck, she announced she was leaving. The real tragedy was the loss of a brilliant scientist, not the controversy around the Nobel prize.

Pieces of Light by Charles Fernyhough. One of these contenders was Rosalind Franklin, mockingly referred to as Rosy, who is depicted as stubborn, angry, ignorant and dowdy. The mythologising of Rosalind Franklin, and probably of DNA itself, began with the publication of The Double HelixWatson’s brilliant, entertaining, tactless bestseller.

Among Franklin’s defenders, Brenda Maddox offers the most complete and insightful restoration of the scientist, her research, and her life. Obviously my method of thought and reasoning is infl OK, Dzrk, I finished reading it after stopping fraknlin wandering around, being chased by Louis Kim. At the end of January, when Watson visited King’s, Wilkins showed frahklin the best of her photographs.

She made important contributions in using crystallography to determine the structures of coal and the tobacco mosaic virus. I started reading the book because I found the following quote on the web, a quote from a letter she wrote to her father around Through some complicated old-boy networking between Randall, Sir Lawrence Bragg at the Cavendish and the editor of NatureKing’s was allowed to announce its own progress on DNA in the same issue.

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The Double Helix was an instant, unanimous best-seller that also sparked great controve InJames Watson published his candid, fast-paced account of the discovery of the structure of the DNA, The Double Helix. 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. The reorganisation made necessary by her departure could not proceed ‘while you remain, in an intellectual sense, a member of the laboratory’.


She was also a very interesting person, perhaps a bit prickly at first and difficult to get to know but she was immensely passionate about or things besides her beloved science — for example, travelling and climbing and was a fiercely loyal friend.

Anyhow, the book was well written and throughtly discusses her relationship with Watson and Crick. But somehow a woman acting aloof with awkward social skills merits hundreds of pages of speculation rosalinc why and how she was the way she was, and how it hugely impacted her life and research.

Dec 05, Paul rated it it was amazing Shelves: On the one side was a quick, single-minded young woman with a passion for argument; on the other an exceedingly reserved man with a hesitant, circumlocutory manner and an aversion to direct eye contact. Author Maddox gives her credit by portraying her story, telling everyone the sad way Rosalind Franklin died just four years before her colleagues Maurice Wilkins, Francis Crick and James Watson were given the Nobel Prize for a discovery that was previously made by Rosalind.

In analysing Rosalind Franklin’s contribution to science, some have scathingly accused those around her of plotting to sideline her work, or heralded her as a feminist icon, a ‘Sylvia Plath of science’ I don’t really agree and though I think there were many setbacks within her life, before her tragically early death, I didn’t find myself thinking of her as a victim.

What has never been disputed are the brilliant perceptions – how the chains were linked by complementary pairs of base pairs and how they ran in opposite directions – that vaulted Watson and Crick to the summit. It’s unfortunate that a number of factors, especially the sexism inherent in the scientific community, provided a low point in Franklin’s professional life she was unhappy for almost her entire time working at King’s College during a time of such exciting scientific discoveries.

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