Rosalind Franklin vs. Watson and Crick

Rosalind Franklin vs. Watson and Crick

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  • Rosalind Franklin provided photo 51. This is the most famous image of DNA, and it took 100 hours to make. But, a colleague of hers who she clashed with stole her photo, and showed it to Watson and Crick. In addition, Franklin, calculated the position of each atom, and found the double helix shape. But, her calculations were exact, and so they were completed well after Watson and Crick’s estimation, making it look like her experiments only confirmed Watson and Crick’s breakthrough.
  • Photo 51
  • Ms. Franklin was not recognized for her contributions because of two main factors. First, she was a woman, and women were not generally accepted to be scientists at that time. For example, Wilkins thought that she was hired to be his secretary instead of running her own research.  In addition, She died four years before Watson, Crick and Wilkins were awarded the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine in 1962. She might have been awarded a Nobel Peace Prize, if only she were alive, because the Nobel Peace prize is not awarded posthumously. In conclusion, Ms. Franklin  was a great woman who deserves to be remembered favorably.
  • Watson and Crick should not have received the Nobel Prize for the discovery of DNA structure. One reason for this is that they took Franklin's work without her knowledge. This is not allowed, and Wilkins knew that. Secondly, they published their papers before knowing all of the answers. This is a bad thing because one piece of information could unlock even more answers, and you don’t even know it. In conclusion, Franklin deserved the Nobel Prize.
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