Rosalind Franklin

posted Dec 19, 2016, 12:52 PM by Raymond Clayton   [ updated Dec 19, 2016, 9:42 PM ]
Rosalind Franklin, courtesy of National Geographic

In 1951, Rosalind Franklin, a chemist from King's College London, was the first to discover the structure of Deoxyribonucleic Acid, DNA, using x-ray diffraction crystallography, a type of photograph. This was two years before James Watson and Francis Crick would make their breakthrough in DNA but only upon seeing Franklin's work. Watson and Crick published in April of 1953 and received a Nobel Peace Prize in Medicine in 1962 for their work. Franklin never received recognition for her work nor was she nominated for a Nobel. She is now known and recognized today for her contribution to our understanding of the structure of DNA.