Rosalind Franklin Research Paper

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Jacob Reed
Ms. Taylor Green
Chemistry I
December 9, 2016
The Life of Rosalind Franklin Rosalind Elsie Franklin was born on July 25th, 1920 into an class family in London, England. Born as the second of five children to Ellis Arthur Franklin and Muriel Frances Waley, Rosalind had science involved in her life from a young age as her father Arthur, who was an investment banker, also taught lessons about electricity and magnetism at London’s Working Men’s College. Rosalind’s education was mostly through private schools where she excelled. At the age of 11 she started high school at St Paul’s Girls’ School in 1931. It was there that she learned German, French, and Latin and started her scientific exploits. At the age of fifteen she had already
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She left her position within a year due to conflicts with other colleagues, especially Norrish, and a dissatisfaction with her work. Rosalind next endeavour was the study of coal utilization. This was in order to help the war effort as coal was a fuel needed to help fight it. Through her studies of the porosity of coal she was able to classify what types of coal would be best for fuel. Her studies found that tunnels and holes found in coal fragments are about the size of gas molecules and since this discovery coal has been used to extract gas molecules from mixtures of various molecules. Rosalind 's research was awarded with a doctorate in 1945. In 1947 Rosalind joined a group of researchers in Paris, France that were studying X-Ray diffraction on amorphous solids. Eventually though, Rosalind longed to return to England and did so by 1951, taking up a position at King’s College, University of London. Originally meant to study the 3D structure of protein particles, Rosalind, at the request of Maurice Wilkins, joined a group studying the 3D structure of DNA. However, Rosalind grew restless her too, as she grew to miss her colleagues in Paris. She came into conflict with Wilkins following a miscommunication about her taking over Wilkins’ position as head of the research group. This strained relationship caused animosity in the lab and left both Wilkins and Franklin frustrated and depressed. Later, Rosalind set up X-Ray equipment to take diffraction X-Rays of DNA molecules. Her breakthrough came in September, 1951 when she discovered that DNA in a moist environment changes form. Given that the insides of most organisms are moist it was found the this new type of DNA was the type found most commonly within

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