Rosalind Franklin

1920 - 1958

Rosalind Franklin

Rosalind Elsie Franklin (25 July 1920 – 16 April 1958) was an English chemist and X-ray crystallographer whose work was central to the understanding of the molecular structures of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), RNA (ribonucleic acid), viruses, coal, and graphite. Although her works on coal and viruses were appreciated in her lifetime, her contributions to the discovery of the structure of DNA were largely recognised posthumously. Franklin was educated at Norland Place, a private day school in West London, Lindores School for Young Ladies, a boarding school in Sussex, and St Paul's Girls' School, London. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Rosalind Franklin has received more than 3,126,150 page views. Her biography is available in 72 different languages on Wikipedia making her the 18th most popular biologist.

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Among biologists, Rosalind Franklin ranks 18 out of 686Before her are James Watson, Georges Cuvier, Alfred Russel Wallace, Richard Dawkins, Francis Crick, and Thomas Henry Huxley. After her are Élie Metchnikoff, Thomas Hunt Morgan, Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, Dian Fossey, Conrad Gessner, and Trofim Lysenko.

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Among people born in 1920, Rosalind Franklin ranks 8Before her are Federico Fellini, Isaac Asimov, Yul Brynner, Charles Bukowski, Ray Bradbury, and Toshiro Mifune. After her are Mario Puzo, Farouk of Egypt, Paul Celan, Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, Traudl Junge, and Melina Mercouri. Among people deceased in 1958, Rosalind Franklin ranks 5Before her are Pope Pius XII, Imre Nagy, Wolfgang Pauli, and Frédéric Joliot-Curie. After her are John B. Watson, Roger Martin du Gard, Clinton Davisson, Ernest Lawrence, Kurt Alder, Maurice de Vlaminck, and Milutin Milanković.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Rosalind Franklin ranks 175 out of 5,347Before her are Bobby Charlton (1937), Bon Scott (1946), Ada Lovelace (1815), Mick Jagger (1943), William Ramsay (1852), and Thomas Henry Huxley (1825). After her are Boudica (33), Alfred Marshall (1842), Æthelstan (895), Jeff Beck (1944), Charles Thomson Rees Wilson (1869), and Theresa May (1956).

Among BIOLOGISTS In United Kingdom

Among biologists born in United Kingdom, Rosalind Franklin ranks 6Before her are Charles Darwin (1809), Alexander Fleming (1881), Alfred Russel Wallace (1823), Francis Crick (1916), and Thomas Henry Huxley (1825). After her are Robert Brown (1773), Christian de Duve (1917), Richard Owen (1804), John Edward Gray (1800), Erasmus Darwin (1731), and John Ray (1627).