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Rosalind Franklin

Rosalind Franklin

The Dark Lady of DNA

Book - 2002 | 1st ed
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In March 1953, Maurice Wilkins of King's College, London, announced the departure of his obstructive colleague Rosalind Franklin to rival Cavendish Laboratory scientist Francis Crick. But it was too late. Franklin's unpublished data and crucial photograph of DNA had already been seen by her competitors at the Cambridge University lab. With the aid of these, plus their own knowledge, Watson and Crick discovered the structure of the molecule that genes are composed of--DNA, the secret of life. This is a powerful story of a remarkable simpleminded, forthright and tempestuous young woman who, at the age of fifteen, decided she was going to be a scientist, but who was airbrushed out of the greatest scientific discovery of the twentieth century.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060184070
Call Number: BIO 572.8 FRANKLIN 2002
Characteristics: xix, 380 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm


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Presents the frequently overlooked story of the woman who helped discover the double helix structure of DNA, detailing the contributions of scientist Rosalind Franklin to the work of Watson, Crick, and Wilkins.

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Mar 11, 2018

Really good on the politics and personalities around the discovery of the structure of DNA, and on the difficulties of being a woman in science in the 1950's. I learned more about what is meant by "discovery of the structure of DNA" but I had to supplement the book with google searches on some of the science.

Subhajitsaha95 Jul 02, 2012

This book is really good for students interested in Biology!

neko Aug 12, 2009

August 2009 Non-Fiction book club selection


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