‘Overlooked’ DNA pioneer gets Google tribute
PARIS, July 25- Rosalind Franklin, a British biophysicist who became a cause celebre in feminism, on Thursday was awarded a 21st century tribute in the form of a Google “doodle” on what would have been her 93rd birthday. In its signature graphic replacing the corporate logo, Google’s search engine featured a portrait of Franklin, a molecule of DNA and a now famous X-ray image she took that helped determine the structure of the code for life. Two Britons and an American all men shared the 1962 Nobel Prize for Medicine, nine years after revealing that DNA had a double helix structure of chemical “rungs” that fitted together.
Franklin, a rare woman scientist in what was then a man’s world, was snubbed by the three men, who exploited her work without giving her recognition, say feminists. She has even been dubbed “the Sylvia Plath of molecular biology,” a reference to the then overlooked American writer who took her own life in 1963 during a stormy marriage to fellow poet Ted Hughes.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at CapitalFM