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Rosalind Franklin and the Structure of Life (Profiles in Science)

Jane Polcovar

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ISBN 10: 159935022X / ISBN 13: 9781599350226
Published by Morgan Reynolds Publishing, 2006
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Title: Rosalind Franklin and the Structure of Life ...

Publisher: Morgan Reynolds Publishing

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Library Binding

Book Condition: Good

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A biography of the scientist whose unpublished research led to the discovery of the structure of DNA.

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English scientist Franklin is perhaps best remembered for making the X-ray diffraction image that led to Watson and Crick's discovery of the structure of DNA. She died of cancer at 37, never knowing that they had seen that image or that it had been crucial to their breakthrough. Neither idealizing Franklin nor downplaying her importance, Polcovar writes a rattling good story on two fronts: a woman becoming a scientist in an age when that was still unusual and the complex dynamics of personalities in a field sometimes thought of as impersonal. The author very clearly explains the personality clashes in the lab and the competitive environment in the scientific community that preceded that DNA announcement as well as the efforts, begun soon after her death and still continuing, to give Franklin full recognition for her part in that discovery. Illustrated mainly with photos, some in color, this absorbing biography concludes with a time line, source notes, recommended Internet sites, and a bibliography. Carolyn Phelan
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