Post­hu­mous award for DNA dis­cov­ery sci­en­tist

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY ROSA DO­HERTY

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

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