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  • Location: London, Cambridge, Paris



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1950s: One woman did the work. Three men took the glory.

  • ISBN: 978-1915643391
  • Genre: Fiction, Historical, Inspired by true events

What you need to know before your trail

Rosalind Franklin knows that to be a woman in a man’s world is to be invisible. In the 1950s science is a gentleman’s profession, and it appears after WWII that there are plenty of colleagues who want to keep it that way.

After being segregated at Cambridge, then ignored and put down in the workplace, she has no intention of being seen as a second-class citizen and throws everything into proving her worth. But despite her success in unlocking the very secret of life, the ultimate glory is claimed by the men she left in her wake.

Inspired by the true story of a woman so many tried to silence, Rosalind is a tale of hope and perseverance, love and betrayal … of real-life lessons in chemistry.

Travel Guide

Cambridge, Paris and London

Cambridge was where the journey of Rosalind Franklin first started. She moved to Paris in 1947 to work and study at the Laboratoire Central des Services Chimiques de l’État, where she became an accomplished (and famous) X-ray crystallographer.


Rosalind joined King’s College London in 1951 as a research associate and discovered some key properties of DNA, which eventually led to the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA.

Francis Crick, James Watson, and Maurice Wilkins shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1962 for the work that Rosalind Franklin had achieved. Franklin passed away a few years before 1962 when the discovery of the structure of DNA was recognized by the Nobel committee.

BookTrail Boarding Pass:  Rosalind

Destination/Location: Cambridge, London, Paris  Author:  Jessica Mills  Departure: 1950s

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