Posthumous award for DNA discovery scientist
THE GRAVE of British chemist Rosalind Franklin, known for her role in the discovery of the structure of DNA, has been listed by Historic England to mark International Women’s Day.
Her grave in the United Synagogue’s cemetery in Willesden, north-west London, was put forward by the Royal Society, which teamed up with Historic England to celebrate the contributions of female scientists.
Dr Franklin was one of 28 ground -breaking women scientists put forward for the honour. She died aged 37 in 1968.
Her life was the subject of Anna Ziegler’s play, Photograph 51. Nicole Kidman portrayed the scientist, whose work at King’s College, London, on identifying the structure of DNA, was crucial in revealing “the secret to life”.
Tracey Crouch, Secretary of State for Heritage, said: “The important role women have played in the field of British science is too often forgotten.
“This excellent project recognises the varied and notable contributions they Pioneering: Rosalind Franklin
made and will help raise awareness of these pioneering women scientists.” David Kaplan, of the United Synagogue, said: “We very much welcome Historic England’s listing of Rosalind Franklin’s grave.
“It will surely bring more visitors to Willesden Cemetery to connect with her story and those of many notable people buried there.
“The listing also recognises the importance of our historic burial grounds, which the United Synagogue is committed to preserving in perpetuity.”
For Wednesday’s annual women’s day, Dr Franklin was also immortalised as a Lego figure. The piece features her holding her famous Photo 51, which shows the structure of a DNA particle. Dr Franklin’s grave at Willesden cemetery