Rosalind Franklin

Rosalind Franklin was an English scientist and X-ray crystallographer. She was born on July 25th 1920 in Notting Hill, London, to a wealthy Jewish family. She attended private schools and done her matriculation from St. Paul’s Girls’ School in 1938. At the age of fifteen she passed the admissions exam for Cambridge University.

Rosalind has decided very early that she wanted to become a scientist. She traveled frequently to her favorite country France and backpacked through the French Alps.


Fast Facts: –

  • Rosalind Franklin studied the Natural Sciences Tripos in Newnham College, Cambridge. She graduated in 1941.
  • She worked as an assistant research officer at the British Coal Utilisation Research Association.
  • In 1942 in the middle of World War 2, Franklin began working in coal utilization research in London.
  • She earned her PhD with a thesis titled ‘The physical chemistry of solid organic colloids with special reference to coal’ in 1945.
  • Rosalind established herself as one of the world’s experts in graphite structure as well as carbon compounds.
  • In January 1951, Franklin began working as a research associate at the King’s College London in the biophysics unit.
  • In 1956 she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and she died on April 16th 1958, at the age of 37 years.
  • In 2004 the Chicago Medical School renamed itself the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.
  • In 1997, amateur Australian astronomer John Broughton discovered an asteroid, which he named 9241 Rosfranklin.