#WiSW2: Meet Rosalind Franklin

Rosalind Franklin was extremely brilliant and she knew by the age of 15 that she wanted to be a scientist. Despite reportedly being a victim of sexism, Rosalind was resilient in her scientific pursuit and her resilient paved way for a groundbreaking discovery.

Despite her father’s sentiment against her scientific pursuit, she made her father proud by being one of the foremost scientists and researcher in history of science. This is a feat his father failed to achieve because of World War I.

Franklin’s habit of intensely looking people in the eye while being concise and blunt unnerved many of her male colleagues. She put this same trait to her advantage in her work and research.

Rosalind’s work on X-ray diffraction images of DNA double helix is highly remarkable but the credit was given to Watson and Crick instead. History recorded that she was a key player in this discovery but she was denied the honour.

Although she was not particularly given enough credit for its discovery, her exploit in the area of DNA and RNA can never be downplayed . She is one of the scientists that are currently celebrated posthumously.

Rosalind was born in London, UK to a British family and she lived her life as a brilliant chemist and X-ray Crystallographer. She focused her career on observing and analysing the intricate structures and features of DNA, RNA, viruses, coal, and graphite. Rosalind got her PhD at the University of Cambridge through The British Coal Utilization Research Association after earning a degree and Newnham College in Cambridge.

Her boss, Watson once proposed and suggested that Rosalind Franklin should have been awarded a Nobel Prize in Chemistry. It is quite saddening that the committee of Nobel Prize does nominate posthumously.

Although Rosalind may not be celebrated with a Nobel Prize, she will be etched in the hearts of both females and males aspiring to become groundbreaking science.


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