Academy March Spotlight: Women's History Month
March is National Women’s History Month
Academy Foot and Ankle Specialists would like to highlight Rosalind Franklin.
Who is Rosalind Franklin? She certainly doesn’t have the most recognizable name…like Eleanor Roosevelt, Susan B Anthony, Anne Frank, or Mother Teresa. You probably won’t find her on any lists of famous or influential women.
In the 1950s, Franklin was instrumental in discovering the structure of the DNA double-helix molecule. The discovery of the structure of DNA was, without question, the single most important advance of modern biology.
Ms. Franklin worked intimately with 3 other scientists, Watson, Crick, and Wilkins. Franklin was a skilled X-ray crystallographer. She captured a X-ray photograph which was the basis for the understanding of the now well- known DNA alpha-helix structure. The photograph was acquired through 100 hours of X-ray exposure from a machine Dr. Franklin herself refined.
Watson, Crick, and Wilkins shared the Nobel Prize for their work in 1962. â€¨â€¨Rosalind Franklin, however, died before her work could be rewarded, in 1958 of ovarian cancer, at age 37, perhaps from radiation exposure from her work. Unfortunately, she died without ever knowing the gravity and importance of her research. She is the true definition of a pioneer!