Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA (2020)

Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA Brenda Maddox Rosalind Franklin The Dark Lady of DNA 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 their discovery Brenda Maddox tells a powerfu
  • Title: Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA
  • Author: Brenda Maddox
  • ISBN: 9780060985080
  • Page: 479
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Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA 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 outIn 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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  1. Lynne King

    I looked at this book again this morning after reading that Nicole Kidman will be playing Rosalind Franklin in Photograph 51 at the No l Coward Theatre in London until November 21, 2015 I wish I could goI am showing below a part of the excellent review too as I have a great admiration for Rosalind Franklin.The title refers to the single X ray diffraction photograph of DNA which, taken at King s College London in 1952 under Franklin s aegis albeit by her PhD student assistant Raymond Gosling , re [...]

  2. Pink

    I like biographies If they are well written and about half interesting people not minor celebrities then they re one of my favourite sorts of book So this one was already on to a head start with me I hadn t heard of Rosalind Franklin before picking this up and know little about science advances in DNA, though I had heard of Crick and Watson which I guess is the point of this book.I found the science content easy to grasp, though somewhat in depth and I enjoyed the interspersed facts about Rosali [...]

  3. Nicole

    A balanced and complete review of the life of a woman who has been ignored, maligned, or offered sycophant worship for her role in the early nucleic acid research Only a few of her closest coworkers seem to have known enough about her to offer clear insight and to have kept to that image in subsequent years until this biography The message of the book is that she was mistreated and it is fair that Rosalind Franklin be adequately acknowledged for her contributions All of her work not just the two [...]

  4. Paul

    Franklin was a renowned scientist in her own right, she established her reputation in X ray photography starting with coal and moving onto viruses and DNA She was a feisty character, and in her tragically short career she made as many friends as enemies.Crick and Watson are the guys credited with discovering the layout of DNA, but they could not have done it without sight of some of her magnificent X ray photographs of DNA Theses had been passed to them without her knowledge, and it was the clar [...]

  5. Pierre Menard

    Rosalind Elsie Franklin 1920 58 una singolare figura di scienziata la cui biografia scientifica meriterebbe di essere conosciuta presso le giovani generazioni, al di l della sua assunzione a martire della scienza femminile Il lettore italiano pu rimediare con questo interessante e documentatissimo volume scritto dalla giornalista e saggista Brenda Maddox nata nel 1932 negli USA ma inglese di adozione , specializzata in biografie.Cresciuta in una famiglia ebraica agiata appartenente al ceto dirig [...]

  6. Abhilesh Dhawanjewar

    In 1969, James Watson published his candid, fast paced account of the discovery of the structure of the DNA, The Double Helix In it, Rosalind Franklin, or Rosy in Watson s terms she apparently hated that name is portrayed as a termagant who hoarded data she couldn t comprehend, treated men as naughty little boys and took little interest in her looks, wearing dresses dowdier than the average Englishwoman The Double Helix was an instant, unanimous best seller that also sparked great controversies [...]

  7. Leslie

    3 stars Well written biography of this somewhat tragic scientist Maddox does a fine job balancing personal details with the science, and provides enough technical information for the reader to get a feeling for the biggest passion of Franklin s life While Maddox is clearly in the pro Franklin camp, I felt that she presents the controversy over Watson and Crick s use of her data in a fairly even manner She attempts to show Franklin not as a feminist icon but as a real woman with strengths and wea [...]

  8. Anne Thessen

    I don t normally like biographies, but I enjoyed this book Perhaps because I can relate to Rosalind Franklin There was one part in the book where the author mentions that Franklin was unable to talk about her life s passion science with her loved ones That struck a chord with me since I am also a scientist and I m very used to people not really caring about what I do for a living Most people will ask, but I know after a certain point their eyes will glaze over and they ll stop caring If I m luck [...]

  9. Judy

    I found this book inspirational and sad Inspirational in that Rosalind Franklin didn t allow the prejudice against her Jewish ancestry or her female gender keep her from her dream of being a scientist Her story is sad because she seemed to have so little room to fully enjoy life This book would be worth reading if for no other reason than to hear the other side of the story regarding the discovery of DNA.

  10. Brendan

    Rosalind Franklin is most remembered now as the unsung fourth contributor who found the evidence for Watson and Crick s double helix paper in the early 1950s A brilliant experimentalist, Franklin actually made advances in three significant areas in her short life she died of cancer at the age of 37 the understanding of coal, the shape of the DNA molecule, and the way RNA functions inside viruses.A few notes about Maddox s book and this remarkable scientist Franklin s specialty was x ray photogra [...]

  11. Elizabeth Moffat

    Three and a half stars from me.Rosalind Franklin is unfortunately probably best known for not achieving the recognition she should have got in life for unravelling the secrets of DNA Instead, two scientists called Francis Crick and James Watson boldly used parts of her work to find out the secrets for themselves and published their findings which led to them winning the Nobel Prize Personally, I was aware of the dis service that had been done to Franklin but did not realise until reading this bo [...]

  12. Paul

    OK, OK, I finished reading it after stopping my wandering around, being chased by Louis Kim.A fascinating book about a fascinating person I started reading the book because I found the following quote on the web, a quote from a letter she wrote to her father around 1940 You frequently state, and in your letter you imply, that I have developed a completely one sided outlook, and look at everything and think of everything in terms of science Obviously my method of thought and reasoning is influenc [...]

  13. Mark

    In the book The Double Helix , Rosalind Franklin was presented as unpleasant, unattractive woman who was not fit to be doing science and was a road block in Watson s way to the double helix There has been since the publication of the book a backlash to Watson s portrayal that has presented her as a martyr or a saint, unsung for her pivotal role in the discovery of the double helix The truth is probably somewhere in the middle Brenda Maddox presents a comprehensive, analytical, balanced, and deta [...]

  14. Audrey

    Great biography on scientist Rosalind Franklin, whose x ray crystallography data led Watson and Crick used without her knowledge or permission to their DNA discovery etc etc Maddox details Franklin s life her upbringing upper middle class Jewish in London , her education, her scientific works studying coal in Paris, DNA at Kings College, and mainly tobacco mosaic virus at Birkbeck, and polio virus , her struggles with funding, and the relationships she had with her fellow researchers, family, an [...]

  15. Alannah Clarke

    Lately I have not been a fan of biographies or autobiographies, it seems like everywhere I turn these days I see one about someone who is grabbing their fifteen minutes of fame after only being famous just for being famous and if they do claim to write it, I always believe that some ghost write is paid to write the book instead Since I have been pushing myself to try and read non fiction, I tried this one since it was picked for the group non fiction in my book group Before I picked this up, I [...]

  16. Julieta

    The Dark Lady of DNA is an oustanding non fiction piece of literature It is all about the life of Rosaling Franklin, and her part in the discovery of DNA She had originally discovered DNA, but due to her lack of timing, she wasnt able to publish her data, therefore, thats Watson and Crick found her information, studied upon it, and in the end got the most credit for the discovery of DNA This is a great book for those of you who love science I personally love reading about these scientific topic [...]

  17. Chris Walker

    A thoroughly enjoyable, informative, and well researched biography of one of the greatest scientists of the 20th century Maddox paints a vivid and detailed account of Franklin s life, in particular her x ray crystallography work at King s College that led directly to Watson and Crick s model of the helical structure of DNA She covers the controversy of those times in an even handed manner, detailing the ways in which Franklin x ray photographs and mathematical calculations on the nature of DNA w [...]

  18. Erin

    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 race to discovery as well as exploring the other contenders One of these contenders was Rosalind Franklin, mockingly referred to as Rosy, who is depicted as stubborn, angry, ignorant and dowdy Those who knew her were shocked and angered by Watson s portrayal, especially as Rosalind was no longer alive t [...]

  19. Kathryn

    For me this was a book of two halves The first half of this book was an enjoyable, interesting account of how Rosalind became a scientist, covering her social background and family history which was very relevant to her personality It was interesting, but at that stage I would have given it three stars Then there was the second half of the book I d herd the story of the photograph before, and been told the usual narrative about Rosalind being grumpy and difficult It was interesting to read how e [...]

  20. AJ

    The first third of this book is painfully slow, lots of tiny details about Rosalind Franklin s life that seem to be mostly minutiae Fortunately, the book really picks up thereafter The search for the structure of DNA was fast paced, full of many interesting scientists, and had a major impact that is still felt today Most folks already know the story of this search, especially considering that Francis and Crick received the Nobel Prize for their work What is unfortunate is how little recognition [...]

  21. Thomas A Wiebe

    The Dark Lady of DNA In 1968 James Watson published The Double Helix, his personal account of the elucidation of the structure of DNA, in which he de emphasized Rosalind Franklin s critical contributions during the period of discovery, while drawing a negative portrait of her Franklin did not receive the Nobel Prize for this discovery, but Watson and Crick did Why not Rank villainy Rosalind Franklin was one of the primary actors in the search for the structure of the DNA molecule Her first biogr [...]

  22. Barbara

    This summer I had an urge to read something about Rosalind Franklin, the scientist who actually discovered the structure of DNA and died young at 37 I liked this biography but I was struck by how often the author quoted friends, colleagues, and associates who commented on Franklin s lookse was quite striking, pretty I guess it was the 1940s and 50s and that was how women were judged but I thought it was excessive Now I want to read The Double Helix by James Watson.

  23. Arielle

    It was a little slow getting into this book, but I did and I learned a lot about an interesting woman and time.

  24. Kelly

    An extraordinary biography of an extraordinary, overlooked, and maligned scientist At long last, Dr Franklin gets her due.

  25. Audrey Zarr

    This was one of the best biographies I have read, and a fantastic biography of a scientist you should know A good balance of science and personal Pick this one up

  26. Harsha Gurnani

    In one word Inspiring Especially because I m starting my own PhD life, and I was also relieved and motivated by similarities loosely, nothing to brag about in attitude, principles, dreams and inter personal relations, haha Some of us associate Rosalind Franklin with the tragedy of missing out on her Nobel because of her early death, of not being given due credit for her experimental contributions to the discovery of or rather evidence for the helical nature of DNA, of being taken advantage of by [...]

  27. Reenie

    Another book wading into the auto biographical minefield that is the discovery of the structure of DNA And by minefield I m thinking after everything s been blown up already and everything is one ugly tangled mess of mud and holes and bitterness On the other hand, this is a pretty good one, carefully researched and generally even handed, focused on putting forward a complete picture of Rosalind Franklin s life and personality rather than getting too caught up in the debate about whether she wa [...]

  28. Emily

    It took me a while to be fully captivated by this book, but it was worth persevering As a female scientist, I enjoyed the setting and the history of science woven into Rosalind s story It was a fair treatment of the many sides of scientific collaboration, unfairness, and ego.

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