Rosalind Franklin by Brenda Maddox
The Dark Lady of DNA

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In 1962, 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 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.

 

About Brenda Maddox

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Brenda Maddox is an award-winning author and journalist. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Observer, The Times, and New Statesman. Her book Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA won the Los Angeles Times Science Book Award for 2002 and her book D. H. Lawrence: The Married Man won the Whitbread Biography Prize. Her book Nora was made into a film starring Ewan McGregor. She lives in London and Wales.
 
Published February 26, 2013 by Harper Perennial. 416 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Science & Math, History, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Just as interested as Maddox is in the professional work of Franklin—who also gained renown for her work on the chemistry of coal and on the tobacco mosaic virus—she is fascinated by Franklin's character, which could be prickly, reserved, suspicious, highly territorial, and abrupt.

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Rosalind Franklin Brenda Maddox HarperCollins £20, pp304 Portraits of the joint Nobel laureates, James Watson and Francis Crick, rightly hang side by side on the walls of the National Portrait Gallery, their position as schoolboy heroes as secure as Captain Scott's.

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The Guardian

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Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA Brenda Maddox 304pp, HarperCollins, £19.99 In 1975, a biography was published of a woman scientist who had died from cancer at 37.

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Her photographs of DNA were called "among the most beautiful X-ray photographs of any substance ever taken," but physical chemist Rosalind Franklin never received due credit for the crucial role these played in the discovery of DNA's structure.

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London Review of Books

In her response to my review of Brenda Maddox’s Life of Rosalind Franklin, Barbara Low (Letters, 17 April) focuses on the ethics of Watson and Crick’s use of Franklin’s DNA data, whereas I concentrated on Maddox’s achievement – in what is, after all, not a scientific biography – in bringing Frank...

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