Rosalind Elsie Franklin

argylesock says… Franklin is one of the scientists I admire most.

Grandma Got STEM

Thanks to the blogger at Synthetic Environment for a post about impressive female chemists, including Rosalind Elsie Franklin (1920-1958).

Here’s an article from The Human Touch of Chemistry about Franklin:

A woman scientist from Cambridge University published an article in the April 25, 1953 on the journal Nature about the molecular structure of DNA. However two male scientists had written another article on the same subject in the same issue of the magazine. Those male scientists – Francis Crick and James Watson – got all the credit. The woman, Rosalind Franklin, vanished into history.

Rosalind Franklin (born 25th July, 1920) was born into an affluent family, but being a woman, she faced many difficulties. After school, she went to Cambridge University to study science in 1938. But though she passed her exams in 1941, she could not get a formal degree, as Cambridge did not give degrees to women…

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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