My Sister Rosalind Franklin
Rosalind Franklin was perhaps the 20th century’s most famous woman scientist. Her outstanding abilities as a crystallographer led to the key X-ray image that provided the basis for Crick and Watson’s famous cracking of the structure of DNA. Franklin has often been portrayed as a feminist scientist valiantly battling against a male-dominated scientific world. She died of cancer aged 37 before her contribution to the Nobel-prize winning discovery was acknowledged.
In My Sister Rosalind Franklin, writer and historian Jenifer Glynn gives a personal, family view of her older sister and describes a warm and rounded personality who loved science for its own sake. Drawing on letters, family photographs and her own memories, Glyn discuss Franklin’s other major research into graphite and the tobacco mosaic virus and shows how much she was influenced by the social and intellectual climate of her day.
Glyn came to Jewish Book Week to discuss the myths that have swirled around the figure known as “The Dark Lady of DNA” and to talk of the legacy she provides for women scientists who come after her.
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