Thursday, July 25, 2013

Google Doodle Honors Rosalind Franklin

One of the benefits of Google Doodle is that it highlights important figures that people might not know about. For this reason, it's always a benefit when Google Doodles an accomplished woman, in order to bring her(story) out from the shadows that history tends to keep us in. Today Google decided to honor Rosalind Franklin, whose life and accomplishments have definitely been overlooked.

She was born on July 25, 1920 in London. She "graduated" from Cambridge (which did not award college degrees to women at the time).

According to PBS:

Franklin made marked advances in x-ray diffraction techniques with DNA. She adjusted her equipment to produce an extremely fine beam of x-rays. She extracted finer DNA fibers than ever before and arranged them in parallel bundles. And she studied the fibers' reactions to humid conditions. All of these allowed her to discover crucial keys to DNA's structure. Wilkins shared her data, without her knowledge, with James Watson and Francis Crick, at Cambridge University, and they pulled ahead in the race, ultimately publishing the proposed structure of DNA in March, 1953.

Because of this, she missed out on the Noble Peace Price. Read more about her here, and here.

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