Florence Bell’s work producing X-rays of DNA laid the foundations for one of the landmark discoveries of 20th century science.
From having small brains to being better at reading, it is often argued that women aren’t well suited to do science.
Franklin was born a century ago, and her X-ray crystallography work crucially contributed to determining the structure of DNA.
You are probably familiar with graphics depicting the double helix structure of DNA. But have you ever seen a single DNA molecule standing straight?
Women have made life-changing research discoveries in the life sciences. Their achievements need to be recognized in order to increase future discoveries by women scientists.
The new physics syllabus for year 11 and 12 students in NSW contains no mention of specific women who have contributed to the field, nor their work.
It’s 65 years since the structure of DNA was first published, but the woman who made that possible remains unknown to many people.