Rosalind Elsie Franklin (1920-1958)

By: Ryon Chaney

Rosalind Franklin- Pioneer Molecular Biologist

Born in London, England, Rosalind was the second out of five children by Muriel and Ellis Franklin. At age 15, Rosalind knew she wanted to become a scienctist and later attended Chambridge College. Studying chemistry and biology, she was responsible for much of the research and discovery work that led to the understanding of the structure of deoxyribonucleic acid, DNA, also pioneering use of X-ray diffraction. Although she was a very knowledgeable biologist, on April 16, at age 37, Rosalind Franklin died of ovarian cancer.

Rosalind Elsie Franklin

Life in England

Life in England at the time of Rosalind Franklin, was quite well, a pound of bacon was only 38¢ and a dozen eggs was 18¢. Also, many new inventions were being created, such as electric irons, toasters, and radios. Politically, things were well in England also, for King George V ruled at this time.

Although, around the world many other things were beginning to shape up, such as Hitler becoming the leader of Nazi Germany, and in 1921 a joint resolution to end World War 1.