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In 1962, 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 their discovery.

Brenda Maddox tells a powerful story of a remarkably single-minded, forthright, and tempestuous young woman who, at the age of fifteen, decided she was going to be a scientist, but who was airbrushed out of the greatest scientific discovery of the twentieth century.

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"An important work of historical restitution, The Dark Lady of DNA matters because it has already begun influencing the way that the scientific community thinks about the material reality of their world ? who gets rewarded, who gets the credit." LA Weekly

Synopsis:

In 1962, 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 their discovery.

Brenda Maddox tells a powerful story of a remarkably single-minded, forthright, and tempestuous young woman who, at the age of fifteen, decided she was going to be a scientist, but who was airbrushed out of the greatest scientific discovery of the twentieth century.

About the Author

Brenda Maddox is an award-winning biographer whose work has been translated into ten languages. Nora: A Biography of Nora Joyce, won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography, the Silver PEN Award, and the French Prix du Mailleur Livre Etranger. Her life of D. H. Lawrence won the Whitbread Biography Award in 1974, and Yeats's Ghosts, on the married life of W. B. Yeats, was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize in 1998. She has been Home Affairs Editor for the Economist, has served as chairman of the Association of British Science Writers and is a member of the Royal Society's Science and Society Committee. She lives in London and Mid-Wales.

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BrandonC, May 15, 2015 (view all comments by BrandonC)
For those of you that this is old hat to and you’ve read numerous biographies and research papers by Rosalind Franklin and are steeped in the social justice movements as they relate to academia, you might be tempted to skip this book. But don’t.
This book remains a good read because in many ways the topics discussed in this book: women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), non-WASP and underrepresented groups, and the struggle for research funding and a place in the hierarchy of higher education is still a very real problem. Sure most schools can’t get away with not allowing female faculty ‘just because’ anymore, but if you think that stops institutions from bullying or being bullied into letting go of faculty because of their status or views as minority, you aren’t paying attention.
This book covers both the good and the bad about Franklin. She was a brilliant researcher with a personality that was dedicated to science and not the politics associated with garnering research funds and political allies in a turbulent academic environment. You get a chance to explore her time researching carbon structure in France and how this work helped launch her thoughts on the structure of DNA and how best to tease it out. We sit side-by-side as she stretches the limits of science and technology to better understand the fundamental structures of the world. She was a wonderful friend and passionate person in areas outside of the lab as we see from her time in Paris and visits to the United States. But she wasn’t always easy to get along with and she didn’t share her methods or research space well with many others even when overtures were made, but if anything this doesn’t separate her from her colleagues because it is a trait that she shared with many researchers.
The Dark Lady doesn’t just apply to her Judaism, or her reported moodiness, or the fact that her work was overshadowed by Watson and Crick’s letter to Nature that was the foundation of their Nobel Prize, which was based on ‘Photo 51’ a photo taken in Franklin’s lab using techniques and equipment she helped design and struggled to get funded. The moniker applies to the fact that all of these things are true of her. She was more than ‘Photo 51’ and it is a shame she died so young, but don’t think this was the sum of her contributions to science she also work on the structure of the tobacco mosaic virus and on polio.
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mmdin_306, December 4, 2010 (view all comments by mmdin_306)
Rosalind Franklin was a great lady who contributed a key stone in the way of Genetics. She is like " those lost and unnamed soldiers who saved nations and boundries by sacrifieng themselves and the people ( majority) dont know about them " . I pay my deepest regards to this great lady.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060985080
Subtitle:
The Dark Lady of DNA
Author:
Maddox, Brenda
Author:
by Brenda Maddox
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Location:
London
Subject:
Women
Subject:
History
Subject:
Dna
Subject:
Women molecular biologists.
Subject:
Genome, Human.
Subject:
Life Sciences - Genetics & Genomics
Subject:
Scientists - General
Subject:
Geneteics
Subject:
Biography-Women
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series Volume:
P23-201
Publication Date:
20030930
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.53 in 23.20 oz

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Product details 416 pages Perennial - English 9780060985080 Reviews:
"Review" by , "An important work of historical restitution, The Dark Lady of DNA matters because it has already begun influencing the way that the scientific community thinks about the material reality of their world ? who gets rewarded, who gets the credit."
"Synopsis" by , In 1962, 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 their discovery.

Brenda Maddox tells a powerful story of a remarkably single-minded, forthright, and tempestuous young woman who, at the age of fifteen, decided she was going to be a scientist, but who was airbrushed out of the greatest scientific discovery of the twentieth century.

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