ROSALIND FRANKLIN

Chemist, X-ray crystallographer

Double Helix Structure | 1952

Rosalind Franklin was an X-ray Crystallographer.

In 1952 her expertise in X-ray diffraction techniques captured the image that would lead to the discovery of the double helix.

Tragically though, Rosalind Franklin died of ovarian cancer 4 years before her former colleges Francis Crick, James Watson and Maurice Wilkins were awarded the Nobel prize for the discovery of the double Helix.

In their acceptance speech they mentioned Rosalind only in passing.

It wasn't until well after her death that the scientific community realised the impact of Rosalind Franklin's work and some say to this day she still has not received the credit she deserved.