Women’s History Month Profiles: Rosalind Franklin, Chemist

During Women’s History Month, DiversityInc is honoring a series of woman innovators and history makers like Rosalind Franklin who are often overlooked in mainstream media coverage and history books. Check back throughout March to learn about more important figures.

Born: July 25, 1920, London, U.K.
Died: April 16, 1958, London, U.K.
Known best for: Making a crucial contribution to the discovery of DNA’s double-helix structure

British chemist Rosalind Franklin played a crucial role in the early understanding of DNA, but did not receive the same credit as male scientists working to make similar discoveries. She was born in London in 1920 to an affluent Jewish family, and took her education seriously from a young age.

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