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Rosalind Elsie Franklin

1920-1958
From: United Kingdom
Fields: Biology, Chemistry, Physics
Key Words/Phrases: X-ray crystallography, pioneering DNA study
 
Franklin, Rosalind Elsie (1920-58), British biophysicist. Born in London, she was educated in physical chemistry at Newnham College, Cambridge. Franklin conducted X-ray diffraction studies on the structure of the DNA molecule, the carrier of hereditary information, while working in the laboratory of British biophysicist Maurice Wilkins. This work enabled American biochemist James Dewey Watson and the British Francis Crick to determine the helical structure of the DNA molecule.

"Franklin, Rosalind Elsie" Microsoft Encarta.
Copyright 1995 Microsoft Corporation.


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