Rosalind Franklin - Celebrating the first 100 years

Rosalind Franklin's contribution to science, in a career cut tragically short by ovarian cancer at just 37 years, is still blossoming. She was brilliant, brave, creative, dedicated, tireless. The techniques she pioneered and the discoveries she made with them; defining the structures of DNA, RNA and viruses, changed medicine and science forever. They will catalyse even more progress in the next 100 years. She battled sexism and ill-health but remained steadfast. Thank you Rosalind Franklin.

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Rosalind Franklin -  Celebrating the first 100 years
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    The Structure of Life

    Franklin bombarded crystals of molecules, like DNA, with x-rays and worked out their structure from the diffraction patterns made by collisions of the X-rays with atoms in the crystal.

    Photo 51 and the discovery of DNA's structure

    Photo 51 and the discovery of DNA's structure


    Though Franklin is best known for her work on DNA, her work on the structure of viruses was also ground-breaking. Working out the structure of coronavirus and the development of a vaccine would not be possible without her foundational research.

    Battling Sexism

    Franklin suffered sexism in every aspect of her career, but her scientific acumen, passion and rigor could not be thwarted.


    Rosalind Franklin's legacy as a great scientist and a woman of brilliance and integrity will continue to influence the next hundred years of science and scientists.

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