She is described as a rigorous, careful and intelligent experimentalist, who insisted on robust and carefully collected data. She was a passionate scientist who believed that "science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated."
Watson, Crick and Wilkins were recognised with the Nobel Prize for their discovery of DNA's structure, but the prize is not awarded posthumously, contributing to the exclusion of Franklin's contributions. In recent years, however, Franklin's crucial contributions to the DNA discovery and science more broadly have become more widely recognised.
The Royal Society has an annual award named after her and, in 2015, the story of her discovery was brought to life in London’s West End in the play, Photograph 51. Her name is also immortalised by King’s Franklin Wilkins Building at Waterloo Campus, as well as The Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Chicago. Her work provided the basis for modern understanding of genes.
Find out more about the world of Dr Franklin and Photo 51 here.
Photographs courtesy of King’s College London Archives.