Rosalind Franklin, A Snapshot

As a teenager, Rosalind Franklin knew that she wanted to dedicate her life to science. So she followed her intuition and took that path.

In the process she overcame numerous obstacle,s including cultural norms in England about women in research. And her efforts found success. It was her x-ray diffraction photos that offered some of the most important insights about the structure of DNA. Though these efforts didn’t immediately offer her the recognition that she deserved.

Rosalind would die young, at only 37 of cancer. But, “her devotion to research showed itself at its finest in the last months of her life. Although stricken with an illness which she knew would be fatal, she continued to work right up to the end.”

And many years later, she was remembered fondly. “As a scientist Miss Franklin was distinguished by extreme clarity and perfection in everything she undertook. Her photographs are among the most beautiful X-ray photographs of any substance ever taken. “

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