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Dame of the Day: Rosalind Franklin

Rosalind Franklin

Today’s Dame of the Day is Rosalind Franklin (July 25, 1920 – April 16, 1958). Franklin’s use of X-ray diffraction images discovered the structures of coal, graphite, viruses and RNA. While Watson and Crick are often credited for the discovery of DNA’s double helix,  Franklin independently mapped the structure and her findings informed the team’s research. She also delved deeper into the structures of tobacco mosaic and polio viruses before succumbing to ovarian cancer at age 37.