Marsh Biography Award

2003 - Brenda Maddox for "Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA"

Brenda Maddox won the 2003 Marsh Biography Award for 'Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA'

Brenda Maddox tells a powerful story of a remarkably single-minded, forthright, and tempestuous young woman who, at the age of fifteen, decided she was going to be a scientist, but who was airbrushed out of the greatest scientific discovery of the twentieth century, by distortion of the facts, professional marginalisation and failure of professional ethics.

In 1962, Maurice Wilkins, Francis Crick, and James Watson received the Nobel Prize, but it was Rosalind Franklin's data and photographs of DNA that led to their discovery.

Maddox’s book seeks to set the record straight by highlighting Rosalind Franklin’s crucial role in the most important biological discovery of the 20th Century.


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