Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the achievements of the pioneering scientist Rosalind Franklin.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the pioneering scientist Rosalind Franklin (1920 - 1958). During her distinguished career, Franklin carried out ground-breaking research into coal and viruses but she is perhaps best remembered for her investigations in the field of DNA. In 1952 her research generated a famous image that became known as Photograph 51. When the Cambridge scientists Francis Crick and James Watson saw this image, it enabled them the following year to work out that DNA has a double-helix structure, one of the most important discoveries of modern science. Watson, Crick and Franklin's colleague Maurice Wilkins received a Nobel Prize in 1962 for this achievement but Franklin did not and today many people believe that Franklin has not received enough recognition for her work.
President of the British Society for the History of Science
Interim lead of the Rosalind Franklin Institute, Director of the Research Complex at Harwell and Professor at the University of Oxford
Professor of Chemistry at Durham University
Producer: Victoria Brignell.
LINKS AND FURTHER READING
Jenifer Glynn, My Sister Rosalind Franklin (Oxford University Press, 2012)
Kersten T. Hall, The Man in the Monkeynut Coat: William Astbury and the Forgotten Road to the Double-Helix (Oxford University Press, 2014)
Brenda Maddox, Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA (HarperCollins, 2002)
Anne Sayre, Rosalind Franklin and DNA (first published 1975; W. W. Norton, 2000)
James D. Watson, The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA (first published 1968; W&N, 2010)
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