Rosalind Franklin Essay

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Rosalind Franklin As hard as is it is today for women to succeed in the sciences, one must give kudos to those that came before us. These are the women that paved the way for today's generation of women scientists. One such woman is Rosalind Elsie Franklin, a chemist who had a great impact on the modern day field of genetics. Rosalind was the second of five children. She was born on July 25, 1920 in London. The Franklin's were an upper-class family who lived a life of luxury. Rosalind never even had to go to school - she would have been provided for from her family's wealth. As a child, she never felt like she was understood. She hated pretend games and did not play with dolls. Rosalind had to find the facts behind everything…show more content…
Her Research at BCURA focused on how coal could be used most efficiently. Based on this research, she earned a Ph.D. from Cambridge in 1945 (McGrayne, 1993). To better understand the complex crystals in coal, Rosalind started using x-ray crystallography. She became an expert at using this technology. In 1947, Rosalind moved to France. These years were the happiest of her life. She traveled Europe extensively and had fun with friends. While she was in the prime of her life and could have been married with a family, she chose not to. Rosalind loved children and would not have someone else raise them. This commitment was not enough to make her give up her true love - science. Rosalind headed back home to England in 1950. A physicist, John Randall of King's College, invited Rosalind into his research group. He told her that her sole project would be to "investigate the structure of certain biological fibres," meaning DNA. This is where a man named Maurice Wilkins first entered the picture. He was also a research associate in this group and played a controversial role later in Rosalind's life (McGrayne, 1993). While at King's, Rosalind discovered much about DNA. Working with her graduate student, Raymond Gosling, she took the X-ray photographs that would eventually lead to the helix theory of DNA. But she also made other key discoveries. First, she determined that DNA was found in two distinct forms, the "wet" and "dry" forms. Gosling had photographed the dry
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