Rosalind Franklin was born on July 25, 1920 to a very affluent Jewish family on Notting Hill. While she attended school she excelled at science so at the age of 16 she decided to become a scientist.
In 1941, Rosalind Franklin graduates from Cambridge University after studying physics and chemistry. She is awarded a research scholarship to work on gas chromatography.
In 1942, Rosalind Franklin decided to go work at the British Coal Utilization Research Association where she conducted research on the structure of coal.
Rosalind Franklin was asked to join a research by John Randall she was asked to use x-ray crystallography of DNA in order to map the structure. She discovers the A & B model of DNA, and that the percentage of water makes a difference in the shape the DNA adopts.
Rosalind Franklin, being the lead scientist over the research of DNA x-rays that she took did not see eye to eye with fellow scientist, Maurice Wilkins, regarding the interpretation of the data.
Rosalind Franklin passed away in 1958, of ovarian cancer before her work was acknowledged as important in discovering the double-helical structure of DNA in 1962.