Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Her photographs of DNA were called "among the most beautiful X-ray photographs of any substance ever taken,". In , Maurice Wilkins, Francis Crick, and James Watson received the Nobel Prize, but it was Rosalind Franklin's data and photographs of DNA that led to. In , Maurice Wilkins, Francis Crick, and James Watson received the Nobel Prize, but it was Rosalind Franklin's data and photographs of.
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She was an intrepid traveler and avid hiker with a great love of the outdoors who enjoyed spirited discussions of science and politics. Friends and close colleagues considered Franklin a brilliant scientist and a kindhearted woman.
However, she could also be short-tempered and stubborn, and some fellow scientists found working with her to be a challenge. Among them was Maurice Wilkins, the man she was to work with at King's College. An unhappy time. A misunderstanding resulted in immediate friction between Wilkins and Franklin, and their clashing personalities served to deepen the divide.
The two were to work together on finding the structure of DNA, but their conflicts led to them working in relative isolation.
While this suited Franklin, Wilkins went looking for company at "the Cavendish" laboratory in Cambridge where his friend Francis Crick was working with James Watson on building a model of the DNA molecule. Unknown to Franklin, Watson and Crick saw some of her unpublished data, including the beautiful "photo 51," shown to Watson by Wilkins. This X-ray diffraction picture of a DNA molecule was Watson's inspiration the pattern was clearly a helix.
Franklin's contribution was not acknowledged, but after her death Crick said that her contribution had been critical. On to better things. Franklin moved to Birkbeck College where, ironically, she began working on the structure of the tobacco mosaic virus, building on research that Watson had done before his work on DNA.
Her painstaking and precise work created several images of DNA that proved that it had a helical structure. Not receiving credit or acknowledgment for her contributions, she continued to work on the structure of RNA viruses, establishing important insights until her death from ovarian cancer aged Four years later Watson, Crick, and Wilkins received the Nobel prize, failing to acknowledge her contributions.
This biography describes the world of the burgeoning biological research fields of the late s and s—the collegiality, the conferences, the networks of friends, lovers, mentors and students, the competitiveness, and the search for funding that all made up the world of science and that are all reminiscent of research today.
Undoubtedly an excellent and productive researcher, producing 5 to 10 papers a year, Franklin could be uncompromising and demanding, but no more demanding of others than she was of herself. She had no personal need for academic titles or positions, but instead just looked for funding for her research.
She was happy and secure in Paris, but after returning to English science, she found herself misunderstood, alienated, separated, and ignored.
Brenda Maddox painstakingly steers a course to show a woman who was passionate in her work, accomplished in her science, who had close friends, students, and mentors, and yet whose personal motivations and desires remain unclear.
But how can her personal strengths or weaknesses have occasioned her lack of recognition? Must one be a good team player to be a good scientist?