The Discovery Of Science History Essay

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For the Carleton Prize for Biotechnology, I would like to nominate the brilliant scientist Rosalind Franklin. Her crystallographic work at King’s College, London was a crucial contribution to the double-helix model of DNA discovered by James Watson and Francis Crick (Gregory, 2002). Her contributions to the scientific community are still being quoted today and without the discovery of the structure of DNA, present day scientific projects such as The Genome project would not have been possible (“Rosalind Franklin”, n.d.; Alberts et. al, 2002). However, it is said that she is “in the shadows of science history” since this crucial contribution she made is largely unknown and she had passed away before the Nobel prizes were given to Watson, Crick and Wilkins for the discovery of the DNA molecule (Miko & LeJeune, 2009; Maddox, 2003). Additionally, women were marginalized during this time period and found it difficult to gain education, respect and their contributions were dismissed or sometimes misattributed (Mulcahy, 2015). Franklin is therefore known as “the silent partner” in revealing the structure of DNA and is an important example of bias against women in science (Mulcahy, 2015).
Franklin’s brilliance as a scientist can be seen throughout her academic and post-graduate career. Rosalind Franklin was born on July 25, 1920 in London to a wealthy Jewish family (Miko & LeJeune, 2009). She had known that she wanted to become a scientist since the young age of 15 (“Rosalind…

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