Rosalind Franklin Biography

Rosalind Elsie Franklin was an English chemist and X-ray crystallographer who made critical contributions to the understanding of the fine molecular structures of DNA, RNA, viruses, coal, and graphite. Her DNA work achieved the most fame because DNA plays an essential role in cell metabolism and genetics, and the discovery of its structure helped her co-workers understand how genetic information passes from parents to their offspring.

Franklin is best known for her work on the X-ray diffraction images of DNA, which led to the discovery of the DNA double helix. According to Francis Crick, her data and research were key in determining the structure and formulating Crick and James Watson's 1953 model regarding the structure of DNA. Franklin's images of X-ray diffraction, confirming the helical structure of DNA, were shown to Watson without her approval or knowledge. This image provided valuable insight into the DNA structure, but Franklin's scientific contributions to the discovery of the double helix are often overlooked. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Rosalind Franklin
Full Name:
Rosalind Elsie Franklin
Nationality:
United Kingdom
Profession:
Scientist, Chemist, Physicist
Ethnicity:
Ashkenazi Jews, British people
Religion:
Agnosticism
Date of Birth:
July 25, 1920
Astrological Sign:
Leo
Date of Death:
April 16, 1958
Age at Death:
37
Cause of Death:
Ovarian cancer, Cancer
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