Rosalind Franklin and DNA by Anne SayreOK, so its probably a little biased because its clear that the author was close friends with Ms Franklin, but nonetheless, it painted a very interesting picture of the woman who made many contributions to the scientific field, and who alas, received very little recognition for her work. Certainly James Watson who wrote [The Double Helix] appeared to discredit Ms Franklin almost every time he mentions her, even going so far as giving her a diminutive nickname of Rosy.
This book attempts to not just describe Rosalinds drive in challenging herself and others around her, but delves also into her impressive family history, and through that, we start to see how Rosalinds character was shaped. Her confidence and penchant for discussions, even her enjoyment of dissenting opinions, was sometimes perceived by other less confident individuals as arrogance. She unfortunately, lived in a time when women were merely tolerated but hardly respected in her chosen fields in England. It was only during her years in Paris that she appeared to be at her happiest, where the environment of enthusiastic discussions and information sharing was, for her, simply ideal.
If her environment at Kings College had been similar to what she experienced in Paris, it is thought she may have broken the DNA code much sooner. Instead, apart from a student, she worked in isolation. If not for the copious and detailed notes she took and which survived her, we would not have known how far she had come in her DNA research.
Once Crick and Watson had published their paper on DNA, Rosalind, not only wasnt bitter, but she wrote a supporting paper that displayed her delight in the beauty and perfection of the model.
Lies, Thieves and DNA
Rosalind Franklin and DNA
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She achieved her lifelong educational ambition of getting a law degree in her early 50s. - Franklin was a physical chemist who made pivotal research in the discovery of the structure of DNA , known as "the most important discovery" in biology. Her X-ray images of DNA indicated helical structure.
Thank you! James Watson's Double Helix, an account of his work on the structure of the DNA molecule, has been delighting lay audiences since , but was greeted with suspicion from the start by many scientists, including Watson's co-worker Francis Crick and the third Nobel laureate Maurice Wilkins. Anne Sayre is a personal friend of the late Rosalind Franklin, who appears in Watson's book as ""Rosy,"" a cranky, unattractive, humorless, uppity underling of Maurice Wilkins at Kings College where a line of research was being pursued parallel to Watson and Click's simultaneous work at Cambridge. Sayre presents a wholly different version of what Watson calls the ""race"" to discover the molecule's structure: nobody except Watson knew there was supposed to be a race; if Wilkins and Franklin had not hated each other they would have made more rapid headway on the DNA problem; in any case Franklin would have discovered the correct solution on her own in three months or maybe three weeks Francis Crick's opinion ; Watson could not have found the answer when he did without semi-clandestine briefings on Franklin's progress; Franklin might well have replaced Wilkins as the third laureate had she not died in , four years before the Nobel award. The experts and the surviving members of the original teams will have to thrash out the facts among them; what is clear is that--aside from an overly didactic, magisterial tone--Sayre makes an extremely sharp and impassioned case.
Rosalind Franklin and DNA. Most biologists will probably agree that the greatest and most important scientific discovery of the 20th Century was the revelation of the structure of DNA in All biology students and even high school students interested in biology associate this fundamental discovery with the names of James Watson and Francis Crick. She died very young in at the age of 38 and the Nobel Prize is not given posthumously. That has changed, but the story of Rosalind Franklin and her contribution to the discovery of the structure of DNA still deserves to be told.
By Anne Sayre. New York: W. Discrimination by one or a group of scientists against another scientist is very hard to prove—let alone discrimination against a woman scientist. The lawyer or historian who comes along later, after a discovery has been made, has a monumental chore in sorting out who communicated what to whom when, who originated what, who received proper credit, who did not. DNA, or desoxyrthonucleic acid, is the material of heredity; it is carried in the chromosomes of all living cells; and through it an organism as large as a human being or as small as a single cell determines the character of its offspring. The discovery of the structure of DNA laid the foundation for much of modern molecular biology and led to our present concerns about the ethics of genetic research. On a less exalted plane, the discovery rocketed Watson and Crick to world fame almost overnight; it assured their scientific careers and probably also their fortunes, and it won for them, along with Maurice Wilkins of King's College, London, the Nobel Prize.