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Rosalind Franklin Lecture
Fri 10 February 2017, 17:45 – 20:00 GMT
The Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences are delighted to invite you to Rosalind Franklin: A Contextual Account, which is being delievered by Marelene Rayner-Canham and Geoff Rayner-Canham from Memorial University, Canada.
Time: Doors open at 17:45pm
Venue: Great Hall, Strand Campus, King's College London
A drinks reception will follow the lecture.
Title: Rosalind Franklin: A Contextual Account
There have been many accounts of the life and work of Rosalind Franklin, but none focus upon the context. Why did Franklin become a scientist? Why did she become a crystallographer? We will show that there were several societal threads which contributed to her pathway to success. Among these, we contend, were the roles of religion; of the formation of science-strong independent girls’ schools; of two pioneer women crystallographers; and of women-supportive mentors. Finally, we look at her marginalisation as an example of the Matilda Effect. These interwoven strands enrich the story of Rosalind Franklin beyond that conventionally told.
Marelene Rayner-Canham and Geoff Rayner-Canham have long been active researchers in the field of the history of women in science. Apart from many academic papers on different topics, they have co-authored the books: Harriet Brooks - Pioneer Nuclear Scientist; A Devotion to Their Science: Pioneer Women of Radioactivity; Women in Chemistry: Their Changing Roles from Alchemical Times to the Mid-Twentieth Century; and Chemistry was Their Life: Pioneering British Women Chemists, 1880-1949. Their next book: A Passion for Chemistry: Chemistry at British Independent Girls’ Schools, 1820s-1930s will be published later this month.
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