Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA

Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA

by Brenda Maddox
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Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA by Brenda Maddox

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062283504
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/26/2013
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 462,840
File size: 3 MB

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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Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an undergraduate I read about the discovery of the structure of DNA by Dr. J.D. Watson. What I didn't know was that it was Dr. R. Franklins X-ray crystallography of DNA fibers that was instrumental to this discovery. Ms. Maddox describes what the climate was like for this woman in science. It was the 1950s and from this book it appears that women didn't get the respect that men did. Still Dr. Franklin was a very successful scientist who did travel the world giving lectures about her work. However, this book points out that Dr. Franklin didn't get the credit she deserved for her contribution to the discovery of the structure of DNA. The world has changed since the 50's. From my own life experience I find that it's easier for a woman to get respect for her work. And she doesn't have to give up life for that. I enjoyed the historical points in this I have traveled to Cambridge..and have seen some of the places alluded to in the book without having known some of their scientific significance...I enjoyed the story, as much as I enjoyed the history. It is not necessary to be a scientist to enjoy this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive never been more bored in my life. Do yoursekf a favor and save the 12 bucks. MOST BORING BOOK EVER
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Angi_Simon More than 1 year ago
I purchased for a later read. I Can't review yet, but it loos to be a great read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i'm glad this book was written for credit purposes but it was the most boring book i have ever read!