Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Her photographs of DNA were called "among the most beautiful X-ray photographs of any substance ever taken,". In , Maurice Wilkins, Francis Crick, and James Watson received the Nobel Prize, but it was Rosalind Franklin's data and photographs of DNA that led to their discovery. Brenda Maddox tells a powerful story of a remarkably single-minded, forthright, and tempestuous young woman. Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA by Brenda Maddox. Harper Collins, £ 20, pp ISBN 0 8. Rating. Rosalind.

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Download Citation on ResearchGate | Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA | Scitation is the online home of leading journals and Request Full-text Paper PDF Photography and the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA. Along the Double Strand, Echoes of Discontent. Rosalind Franklin: The. Dark Lady of DNA. Brenda Maddox. HarperCollins, New York, $ ( pp.) . (Download ebook) Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA. Rosalind Franklin: The ePub | *DOC | audiobook | ebooks | Download PDF. 1 of 1 people found.

This meant I was automatically discounting the personal commentary about Rosalind because I'd already heard similar or worse about my coworkers or myself. In overhearing the men discuss their blond, statuesque co-conference attendee in terms of being a 'Science Barbie' and less mentionable terms with implications of her purpose being glass ware adornment not the papers she authored.

Similarly the women who did not dress to suit where hairy legged female gorillas. This was not something I ever encountered in discussions of male colleagues by either sex. So when Watson disparaged Rosalind I automatically adjusted the content to ignore the belittlement and came away with the simple message that he stole another persons work.

That he felt justified at the time because he was in competition with Pauling to get the work first and none of the Kings people were willing to rush things. I will not belittle the leap the Cavendish team made to see the entire related form and function. In fact, as a group, they did what Kekule did in envisioning the carbon ring, see the gestalt.

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The prior work of Avery and Chargaff is, now, well noted in books as being the information basis built on but the Cavendish team did put together the pieces synergistically. They were assembling all the pieces from different sources but the key information of Rosalind's x-ray images was not the Cavendish teams to take or use with out including the creator of the data she was in the process of publishing.

No more than that.

The work should be acknowledged without personal commentary. I think this book should be printed with "The Double Helix" as an 'Ace Double', back to back but inverted so each has a cover and title page. The main reason in her opinion is that Watson, in order to make his account apologetic of the big achievement he and Crick managed to gain, needed a real villain. Rosalind was not a plausible one, firstly because she was a woman, secondly because she was not such a famous scientist whose defeat could make Watson and Crick appear to the public as heroes.

Linus Pauling was perfectly suitable with this role: But the real trouble for Watson's purposes, as far as Sayre Thus they were not eligible to represent the villains, because there would have been no glory in such a triumph. So, in Anne Sayre's Anne Sayre's book is arguably an attempt to clean Rosalind Franklin's character from all the biased features Watson put on her person with The Double Helix, but the way Anne Sayre tried to restore the balance is slightly controversial.

Her book is remarkably permeated with descriptions of Rosalind's person which are intended to show the reader she was the perfect scientist, especially within a very naive notion of science which is not at all discussed, but rather regarded as a given: Science is, of course, a rational business in which sound arguments tend to prevail, and the reasonableness of it suited Rosalind perfectly.

Like many other scientists, she had a natural affinity for objective evidence and objective proof, and no natural ease with wholly subjective reasoning or purely approximate thinking.

See also Sayre Absurdities exasperated her. Amongst all the prejudices which had been noticed in Sayre's work, it seems to be also room for feminist biases. Wilkins, for instance, wrote to this purpose that Anne Sayre published a book about Rosalind disputing Jim's portrayal of her. This book enabled some activists to mount a campaign in Rosalind's name to improve the lot of women in science. This was no doubt well-intentioned and indeed useful, but one side-effect was that Rosalind's male colleagues were to some extent demonised.

The most prominent demon seemed to be me. Wilkins Moreover the number of women scientists working in King's College at the time is reported to be one third of the scientific staff from Wilkins That Sayre's reconstruction could barely be impartial is also shown in some lines of quotation from Maddox Anne Sayre dedicated Chapter 5 of her book Wilkins was a sensitive man; he still is this.

He is an attractive man, rather shy in a way that suggests vulnerabilities. Tact is often required in dealing with people of this nature, for they are likely to respond to affront with silence and withdrawal, with noncommunication sic.

Their form of aggressiveness is usually quiet. It is indeed very weird that Wilkins could have been hurt by such remarks but, as far as I know, this is really the only way Wilkins's personal profile had been drawn in Sayre's book. Wilkins once used a nickname for talking about Rosalind Franklin in one of his letters originally intended to Francis Crick, which must have impressed Brenda Maddox to the extent that she decided to use it as part of the heading of her Rosalind Franklin's biography, i.

Rosalind Franklin. Part of the letter is of course quoted in Maddox's work, and the reported words were I think You will be interested to know that our dark lady leaves us next week … sic I am now reasonably clear of other commitments and have started up a general offensive on Nature's secret strongholds … sic at last the decks are clear and we can put all hands to the pumps!

It won't be long now. Regards to all Yours ever M Maddox However the big picture which emerged from Maddox's biography of Rosalind Franklin — which is considered the best account available currently — is well resumed at the very beginning of her work Prologue with these few words: Rosalind Franklin knew where she came from, under what constraints she laboured and where she wanted to go.

From childhood, she strove to reconcile her privileges with her goals. She did not find life easy — as a woman, as a Jew, as a scientist. Many of those close to her did not find her easy either. The measure of her success lies in the strength of her friendships, the devotion of her colleagues, the vitality of her letters and a legacy of discovery that would do credit to a scientific career twice its length.

The question raised by her discoveries and the role played by her in the discovery of DNA had been puzzling philosophers and historians like R. Olby, and H. In the Foreword of Olby's work, which was written by Francis Crick, its written that Rosalind Franklin while working at King's managed to came so close to the discovery of the structure of DNA that in Crick's opinion she was only two steps away from the correct answer.

Whether Crick was right or wrong, her person is nonetheless worthwhile of being studied for all the precious insight she still can provide on what did it mean to be a woman, a physical-chemist and a Jew during a lifespan of thirty-eight years from to in Britain and France, including the wartimes spent studying.

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Remember me on this computer.The personality of Rosalind Franklin was an interesting one as revealed in "Dark Lady" as she could be gentle and caring and as fierce as a rottweiler. site Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

They eventually succeeded in obtaining extremely detailed X-ray images of the virus. Brenda Maddox tells a powerful story of a remarkably single-minded, forthright, and tempestuous young woman who, at the age of fifteen, decided she was going to be a scientist, but who was airbrushed out of the greatest scientific discovery of the twentieth century. Wilkins, for instance, wrote to this purpose that Anne Sayre published a book about Rosalind disputing Jim's portrayal of her.

But Watson had one towering advantage over all of them: in addition to being extremely clever he had something important to be clever about. Alone Together: Help Center Find new research papers in: Absurdities exasperated her.

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