Rosalind Franklin & DNA March 24, 2009Posted by larry 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.