Formidable Women – Rosalind Franklin (1920 – 1958)

A fascinating post about a woman who has suffered from the Matilda effect in being given due recognition for her efforts, works, and achievements in the field of science but has now thankfully been generally recognized for them — showing that the Matilda effect *can* be overcome if people just work together and try their best to give credit where it is due. But it is still sad that her contributions were not recognized immediately and attributed to male scientists and by the time that people realized their mistakes, it was really quite too late.

Gerhart von Kap-herr

rosalind Franklin

On the days preceding and ending with International Women’s Day, I intended to write about four formidable women from history, to remind people of the recognition they deserved but were often denied. However, I had scheduled a memorial service in the local church for the two women who had been dearest to me for March 8th. Subsequently, preoccupied with remembered loss and sorrow, I was unable to write anything on that very special day.

Now, I am Europe for a month to visit friends and relatives in Austria and Germany, perhaps for the last time. However, I must still tell you, to give her, her due, of my impressions of “The Dark Lady of DNA,” as she was titled by her biographer, Brenda Maddox.

Today, let us remember…

Rosalind Franklin (1920 – 1958)


Rosalind Elsie Franklin was born in London, England in 1920. She was an extremely…

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