Rosalind Elsie Franklin was an English chemist who displayed exceptional intelligence from early childhood. She was X-ray crystallographer whose work was central to the understanding of the molecular structures of DNA, RNA, viruses, coal, and graphite. Franklin is best known for her role in the discovery of the structure of DNA, and for her pioneering use of X-ray diffraction.
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Most Famous Rosalind Franklin Quotes
Faith in this world is perfectly possible without faith in another world. – Rosalind Franklin
Science, for me, gives a partial explanation for life. In so far as it goes, it is based on fact, experience and experiment. – Rosalind Franklin
The results suggest a helical structure [of DNA] (which must be very closely packed) containing probably 2, 3, or 4 coaxial nucleic acid chains per helical unit and having the phosphate groups near the outside. – Rosalind Franklin
Science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated. Science, for me, gives a partial explanation of life … I do not accept your definition of faith i.e. belief in life after death … Your faith rests on the future of yourself and others as individuals, mine in the future and fate of our successors. It seems to me that yours is the more selfish … [as to] the question of a creator. A creator of what? … I see no reason to believe that a creator of protoplasm or primeval matter, if such there be, has any reason to be interested in our insignificant race in a tiny corner of the universe. – Rosalind Franklin
In my view, all that is necessary for faith is the belief that by doing our best we shall come nearer to success and that success in our aims (the improvement of the lot of mankind, present and future) is worth attaining…I maintain that faith in this world is perfectly possible without faith in another world. – Rosalind Franklin
We wish to discuss a structure for the salt of deoxyribose nucleic acid. D.N.A. This structure has novel features which are of considerable biologic interest. – Rosalind Franklin
I see no reason to believe that a creator of protoplasm or primeval matter, if such there be, has any reason to be interested in our insignificant race in a tiny corner of the universe, and still less in us, as still more insignificant individuals. Again, I see no reason why the belief that we are insignificant or fortuitous should lessen our faith. – Rosalind Franklin
Conclusion: Big helix in several chains, phosphates on outside, phosphate-phosphate inter-helical bonds disrupted by water. Phosphate links available to proteins. – Rosalind Franklin
I would willingly go more primitive if it were necessary to preserve my freedom. – Rosalind Franklin
Traveling around in a little tin box isolates one from the people and the atmosphere of the place in a way that I have never experienced before. – Rosalind Franklin