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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This balanced account of a controversial episode in the history of science offers evidence that Franklin was close to drawing the same conclusion about the structure of DNA that Watson and Crick rushed into print.

Maddox details Franklin’s life – her upbringing upper-middle class Jewish in Londonher education, ths 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 fran,lin Rosalind Tge, whose x-ray crystallography data led Watson and Crick used without her knowledge or permission farnklin their DNA discovery etc etc.

Jul 30, Harsha Gurnani rated it it was amazing Shelves: She was a woman of strength and intelligence who contributed 37 scientific publications in her brief 37 years on Earth. Some people call this book a biography since it does tell the story of Rosalind Franklin and her impact on the world. Trivia About Rosalind Franklin In fact, he held the photograph quite properly, as Franklin was turning over to him her materials preparatory to leaving King’s.

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Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA – Wikipedia

Other people in the community were shocked and angered at this portrayal and have, in rosa,ind places, defended her vigorously; so much so, in fact, that she has become very well known for the unfair treatment she had from Watson and Crick.


She made important contributions in using crystallography to determine the structures of coal and the tobacco mosaic dxrk. Inshe extended her CV and franklni her skills by studying X-ray diffraction with the French scientist Jacques Mering, a technique that would prove crucial and valuable in her later work with DNA.

It was great to also get to know the non-scientist side of Rosalind, the one who liked to entertain guests at her apartment, even allowing them to spend days at a time and welcoming them into her home.

I can remember thinking when reading “The Double Helix” that this is how it still is to be a women in the labs.

Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA

Everybody should read this book, if only to get a better story of the way women scientists have been treated in the past, and are treated, even today. Maddox also interviewed Franklin’s relatives.

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 descriptions of “Rosy”.

There has been since the publication of the book a backlash to Watson’s portrayal that has presented her as a martyr or a saint, unsung for her pivotal role in the discovery of the double helix. Maddox lives in London and spends time at her cottage near Brecon, Wales where she and her late husband, Sir John Maddox, were actively involved within the local community.

Who knows how much more she would have accomplished had she not died so young. The third section reminds us that Franklin had a very productive, though short career after leaving DNA to others. I found this book to be an absolutely fascinating read even if I did get carried away a bit at times with the injustice done to Rosalind Franklin and the rosailnd end to aldy life.

Randall wrote to say that she was to stop working, even to stop thinking, about ‘the nucleic acid problem’.


As a scientist Miss Franklin was distinguished by extreme clarity and perfection in everything she undertook. Most dakr will ask, but I know after a certain point their eyes will glaze over and they’ll stop caring. But somehow a woman acting frannklin with awkward social skills merits hundreds of pages of speculation about why and how she was the way she was, and how it hugely impacted her life and research.


Seckel has already acquired papers, correspon dence and lab notebooks of many eminent scientists, including Franklin, Crick, Klug, Gosling and Max Perutz, and is keen for more.

It won’t be long now. Numbered 51, it showed the B-form of DNA, with a stark, black cross of reflections. Get a free e-book from Book perk. The discovery of the DNA.

Signs of belated recognition proliferate. Knowing that further experimental data from the work of Franklin and others at King’s was in a report circulated among members of the biophysics committee of the Medical Research Council, source of the money for Randall’s research unit, they asked Max Perutz, a Cavendish colleague, to let them see it.

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I found this book inspirational and sad. While I really liked her story, and while I wish she got the recognition she deserved, I wasn’t as into it as I thought it would be.

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 Watson. A wonderful story of a great female scientists.

Similarly the women who did not dress to suit where hairy legged female gorillas.

I do wonder what would have happened had she not died so young- she died from cancer frsnklin age of 37, and she did a lot in her life.