Dr. Rosalind Franklin

Friday 27 November, 2020

"Science, for me, gives a partial explanation for life. In so far as it goes, it is based on fact, experience and experiment."

This week's quote is dedicated to the infamous contributor to the DNA structure - Dr. Rosalind Franklin

Dr. Franklin was a phenomenal  English chemist and X-ray crystallographer. Her work was focussed on the understanding the molecular structures of DNA, RNA, viruses, coal, and graphite.

She made an important contribution to the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA, but it wasn't recognised back then. 

Even after this misunderstanding, Rosalind kept working on her research as more than work, it was her passion. Her mother once said "Rosalind knew exactly where she was going, and at sixteen, she took science for her subject.” The zeal to do research was always with her.

Rosalind was a smart and a passionate scientist whose hunger for fact, experience and experiment led her to contribute to some of the most crucial scientific discoveries. She was the first one to identify measurement of micro-structures which contributed in classifying coals and predicting their performance to a high degree of accuracy. She also worked on polishing her technique in X-ray crystallography and worked in that field. It was because of her data and research on the DNA structures, James Watson and Francis Crick were able to determine the DNA Double Helix. 

Rosalind's contribution to this discovery was appreciated much later. That didn't bother her and she continued discovering and experimenting.

At DDSN we resonate with Dr. Rosalind's passion and hunger for discovery. We continuously explore, discover, test and develop digital platforms, websites, apps, and the latest digital advancements. We love keeping ahead of all digital trends. It is because of this passion for everything digital, we are able to establish ourselves as a full digital agency, working everyday and giving the best possible digital solutions to our clients.

Today's Quote 

"Science, for me, gives a partial explanation for life. In so far as it goes, it is based on fact, experience and experiment."

Who was Dr. Rosalind Franklin?

Rosalind Elsie Franklin was an English chemist and X-ray crystallographer whose work was focussed around understanding of the molecular structures of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), RNA (ribonucleic acid), viruses, coal, and graphite. 

Her work on viruses and coal were really appreciated in her lifetime, but her contributions to the discovery of the structure of DNA was recognised later on. 

Dr. Rosalind led pioneering work at Birbeck on the molecular structures of viruses, after her work in discovering DNA structure. Her team member Aaron Klug continued her research on DNA structures, and won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1982. 

There were multiple controversies surrounding Rosalind Franklin that came to light following her death. One of them was that when Dr. Rosalind was researching in King's College, London, she was not given any respect just because she was a woman in science and at that time, woman weren't supposed to be in this field. But Dr. Rosalind didn't bother and continued to achieve excellence with her brilliant mind.

At DDSN we are passionate and hungry for discovering new digital solutions and customising them for our clients needs and expectations. We are not just a digital agency, we are your digital partner in all aspects!