Rosalind Franklin looks through a microscope - black & white


Jul 25 2020


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Happy Birthday Rosalind Franklin! 

6pm July 25th BOOK NOW!
Rosalind Franklin looks through a microscope - black & white

Join us online for music, art and conversation to celebrate the centenary of Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958), the pioneering British crystallographer whose photo 51 revealed the double helix structure of DNA. Extraordinarily talented, she died tragically young, but had already carried out ground-breaking research that tackled our greatest modern challenge – viruses.

Happy Birthday Rosalind Franklin!
6pm – 8pm Saturday 25th July 2020

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British Sign Language Interpreter – Lauren Lister


Rosalind Franklin (1920-58)
 Dr Patricia Fara, science historian and Emeritus Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge

Rosalind Franklin’s Science
 Prof. Brian Sutton, Professor of Molecular Biophysics, King’s College London

DISCUSSION: (6.25pm)*

Our two presenters discuss Franklin’s legacy in the light of the current viral situation
Q&A with the audience
Chaired by Dr Bergit Arends, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Bristol


(6.50pm)* World Premiere of Virus in molecular mode by Frances M Lynch (composer) and Shelley James (artist)

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“Virus in molecular mode” by Frances M Lynch

(7.10pm)* Online video premiere of  “The Franklin Effect” CD, recorded in 2016 by electric voice theatre including works by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Lynne Plowman, Shirley J. Thompson and Kate Whitley. Images are from Franklin’s life and work and from Reciprocal Space Collection created by Shelley James. Introduction from Professor Shirley J. Thompson OBE and Jonathan Mayer and David Murphy who are First Hand Records.

Texts from “The Franklin Effect” CD
for attendees at Happy Birthday Rosalind Franklin 25072020


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THE BAR IS OPEN! (8.10pm*)

You will have to bring your own drinks, but do stay with us to chat with our speakers, composers and artists.


(all start times are approximate)*
Rosalind Franklin in a mountain cafe with a picture of her famous photo 51REGISTER NOW ON EVENTBRITE

Rosalind Franklin (1920-58) remains a controversial figure. Since her early death, Franklin has become mythologised as the female victim of male prejudice. According to those versions of the past, James Watson and Francis Crick marginalised Franklin’s original research by taking advantage of her crucial X-ray photograph 51 to build the double helix model of DNA and claim for themselves the Nobel Prize that she should have shared.
Franklin would not have endorsed such exaggerated claims. She regarded herself first and foremost not as a woman, but as a scientist to be judged by her achievements. This particular project occupied a relatively brief period in her successful career: as well as her famous investigations into DNA, she made foundational contributions to modern understandings of coal, graphite and the first ever three-dimensional structures of viruses, publishing nearly forty original articles.
Had she lived longer, Franklin would undoubtedly have maintained and augmented her reputation as a meticulous, innovative scientist.

Minerva Scientifica – Connections 2020

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