Rosalind Franklin

Rosalind Franklin. Ever heard of her?
The un-famous chemist that caused quite a stir.
'Twas the discovery of DNA's helical structure
That Watson and Crick stole from her.

Her ideas and observations were plundered. It's clear
By W &C whose research was in arrear.
They needed a critical boost and publicity
To enshrine their names for posterity.

Now, Rosalind Franklin lies alone
Peacefully, under a granite stone.
Keeping her silence to this day
As praise and fortune twist another way.

Unfortunately, Rosalind Franklin died of cancer at 37, and was denied the Nobel Prize that she should have been given. (The prize is never awarded posthumous) .

Rosalind Franklin (1920 - 1958)

by Sidi J. Mahtrow

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