Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA

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Harper Collins, Sep 30, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 416 pages
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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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Review: Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA

User Review  - Erin - Goodreads

In 1962, James Watson, Frances Crick and Maurice Wilkins received a Nobel Prize for discovering the double helix of DNA. A few years later Watson published a book The Double Helix, chronicling his ... Read full review

Review: Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA

User Review  - Mallory - Goodreads

One of the best biographies I have read. Maddox paints an objective picture of the life of Rosalind Franklin. She tells of all of Franklin's strengths as a scientist, and as a person, but also tells ... Read full review


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Page 358 - A. and HOLMES KC (1957) X-ray diffraction studies of the structure and morphology of tobacco mosaic virus.
Page 317 - A, and a paracrystalline form structure B. The crystalline form occurs at * The information reported in this section was very kindly reported to us prior to its publication by Drs Wilkins and Franklin. We are most heavily indebted in this respect to the King's College Group, and we wish to point out that without this data the formulation of our structure would have been most unlikely, if not impossible.
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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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