We are now in the Guy’s Quad. If you look up at New Hunt’s House, you’ll see that there are pictures on the glass fins on the side of the building. This artwork celebrates the contribution of King’s scientists to the discovery of the structure of the DNA molecule.
One of these scientists was called Rosalind Franklin. Franklin joined King’s as a research associate in 1951, working on a project to study the structure of DNA alongside a scientist called Maurice Wilkins.
Franklin and her PhD student discovered two forms of DNA: A and B. They took x-ray images of these. One of these images, showing DNA’s famous double helix, has become known as Photo 51.
Franklin's work was a crucial part in the discovery of DNA. Maurice Wilkins from King’s was awarded a Nobel Prize for his work in 1962. Rosalind Franklin died of ovarian cancer aged 37, four years before the Nobel prize was awarded.
This is the campuses central hub where you can find students located in one area, amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. There is also a local cat on campus called Lenny, who you may be able to spot around campus and is well-loved by both students and staff.
The Quad also has a Memorial Arch, which commemorates the staff and students of Guy’s Hospital and its medical school who died in conflict. The first man on the list, Harold Ackroyd, trained as a doctor at Guy’s and won a Victoria Cross for gallantry in tending to wounded soldiers. This is the highest British military award for valour.
In summer, the Quad we’re in at the moment is often very busy at lunchtime, with students, hospital staff, and patients all enjoying the open space. During exam time, the Students’ Union hosts free activities, such as ping pong and interactive games.