Rosalind Franklin (Paperback)
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Paperback 400 Pages / Published: 07/04/2003
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The untold story of the woman who helped to make one of humanity's greatest discoveries - DNA - but who was never given credit for doing so.

`Our dark lady is leaving us next week.' On 7 March 1953 Maurice Wilkins of King's College, London, wrote to Francis Crick at the Cavendish laboratories in Cambridge to say that as soon as his obstructive female colleague was gone from King's, he, Crick, and James Watson, a young American working with Crick, could go full speed ahead with solving the structure of the DNA molecule that lies in every gene. Not long after, the pair whose names will be forever linked announced to the world that they had discovered the secret of life.

But could Crick and Watson have done it without the `dark lady'? In two years at King's, Franklin had made major contributions to the understanding of DNA. She established its existence in two forms, she worked out the position of the phosphorous atoms in its backbone. Most crucially, using X-ray techniques that may have contributed significantly to her later death from cancer at the tragically young age of thirty-seven, she had taken beautiful photographs of the patterns of DNA.

This is the extraordinarily powerful story of Rosalind Franklin, told by one of our greatest biographers; the single-minded young scientist whose contribution to arguably the most significant discovery of all time went unrecognised, elbowed aside in the rush for glory, and who died too young to recover her claim to some of that reputation, a woman who was not the wife of anybody and who is a myth in the making. Like a medieval saint, Franklin looms larger as she recedes in time. She has become a feminist icon, the Sylvia Plath of molecular biology. This will be a full and balanced biography, that will examine Franklin's abruptness and tempestuousness, her loneliness and her relationships, the powerful family from which she sprang and the uniqueness of the work in which she was engaged. It is a vivid portrait, in sum, of a gifted young woman drawn against a background of women's education, Anglo-Jewry and the greatest scientific discovery of the century.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780006552116
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 290 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"A finely crafted biography." -- Booklist
"Lively, absorbing and even handed . What emerges is the complex portrait of a passionate, flawed, courageous women." -- Washington Post Book World
"A gripping yet nuanced account . a magnificent biography." -- The Independent
"A meticulous biography.[Rosalind Franklin] was the unacknowledged heroine of DNA, the Sylvia Plath of molecular biology." -- The Economist
"In this sympathetic biography, Maddox .illuminates her subject as a gifted scientist and a complex woman." -- Publishers Weekly
"A joy to read." -- Sunday Telegraph
"An excellent biography . Maddox's account of Franklin's last years and premature death is moving and poignant." -- Women's Review of Books
"Able, balanced and well researched." -- Science
"Thoughtful and engaging." -- Chicago Tribune
A meticulous biography [Rosalind Franklin] was the unacknowledged heroine of DNA, the Sylvia Plath of molecular biology. --The Economist
In this sympathetic biography, Maddox illuminates her subject as a gifted scientist and a complex woman. --Publishers Weekly
Lively, absorbing and even handed What emerges is the complex portrait of a passionate, flawed, courageous women. --Washington Post Book World
Brenda Maddox has done a great service to science and history. --San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
Thoughtful and engaging. --Chicago Tribune
Maddox does justice to her subject as only the best biographers can. --Los Angeles Times Book Review
A vivid three-dimensional portrait of a sciencetist and human being a moving biography. --Daily Telegraph (London)
A gripping yet nuanced account a magnificent biography. --The Independent
A joy to read. --Sunday Telegraph
An excellent biography Maddox s account of Franklin s last years and premature death is moving and poignant. --Women's Review of Books
A sensitive, sympathetic look at a women whose life was greater than the sum if its parts. --New York Times Book Review
A finely crafted biography. --Booklist
Maddox does an excellent job of revisiting Franklin s scientific contributions while revealing her complicated personality. --Library Journal
Able, balanced and well researched. --Science
"A vivid three-dimensional portrait of a sciencetist and human being ... a moving biography."--Daily Telegraph (London)
"Maddox does an excellent job of revisiting Franklin's scientific contributions while revealing her complicated personality."--Library Journal
"A finely crafted biography."--Booklist
"Lively, absorbing and even handed ... What emerges is the complex portrait of a passionate, flawed, courageous women."--Washington Post Book World
"A joy to read."--Sunday Telegraph
"A meticulous biography...[Rosalind Franklin] was the unacknowledged heroine of DNA, the Sylvia Plath of molecular biology."--The Economist
"Thoughtful and engaging."--Chicago Tribune
"A sensitive, sympathetic look at a women whose life was greater than the sum if its parts."--New York Times Book Review
"An excellent biography ... Maddox's account of Franklin's last years and premature death is moving and poignant."--Women's Review of Books
"In this sympathetic biography, Maddox ...illuminates her subject as a gifted scientist and a complex woman."--Publishers Weekly
"Maddox does justice to her subject as only the best biographers can."--Los Angeles Times Book Review
"A gripping yet nuanced account ... a magnificent biography."--The Independent
"Able, balanced and well researched."--Science
"Brenda Maddox has done a great service to science and history."--San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

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Franklin was a renowned scientist in her own right, she established her reputation in X-ray photography starting with coal and moving onto viruses and DNA. She was a feisty character, and in her tragically short... More

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