Episode 6 – Rosalind Franklin: The Undiscovered Discoverer of DNA

In this episode of Great Woman Theory, our hosts and special guest Amy Bradshaw discuss the life and work of Rosalind Franklin, gifted chemist and researcher behind one of the greatest scientific discoveries of the 20th Century, the structure of DNA. Following what would have been her 100th birthday, we celebrate her life and work, and discuss the “Matilda Effect”, in which pioneering achievements of women are attributed to men.

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One thought on “Episode 6 – Rosalind Franklin: The Undiscovered Discoverer of DNA

  1. Stephanie Kwolek (1923–2014) is said to have developed a love of fabrics and sewing from her mother and a strong interest in natural science from her father. Great parenting led to this woman’s discovery in 1965 of liquid crystalline polyamides which today protect and save thousands of lives known as “Kevlar”. It took 30 years but she did get recognition for her work with induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1994, the National Medal of Technology (1999), and the Perkin Medal – “all rare honors for women”. By educating the world’s parents to “allow” and even encourage daughters to explore the sciences we may get to the place where it is no longer “rare” for women to gain these honours.


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