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Rosalind Franklin

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  • 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.
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