Talk:Rosalind Franklin

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Posthumous Nobel Prize[edit]

Regarding Franklin of not having received Nobel Prize, it shoud be noted that, according to the Nobel statute (cf. Paragraph 4):

  1. posthumous nomination is not allowed (Work produced by a person since deceased shall not be considered for an award.),
  2. but posthumous award is possible if the person so chosen was alive at the time of nomination. This particular point is the meaning of the 1974 amendment. Chhandama (talk) 03:26, 18 March 2016 (UTC)
Thanks for digging this up (and correcting my mistake). I had confused a posthumous award with a posthumous nomination.  Rebbing  talk  03:57, 18 March 2016 (UTC)

Part of the article appears to be implying that Franklin has priority for the DNA structure[edit]

The wording around the March 17th paper appears to imply this.

I think this quote should be added for clarification.

"The existence of this paper does not challenge for a moment the priority of Crick and Watson's structure"

Franklin did not produce a complete mathematical DNA model before Crick. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ammonitida (talkcontribs) 14:45, 1 July 2016 (UTC)

Discovery of DNA happened long before Franklin.

I did a minor change. The article gave her partial credit for the discovery of DNA, which happened in the 19th century. Her contributions were part of the discovery of the structure of DNA, i.e. that it takes the form of a double helix. (talk) 02:21, 16 July 2016 (UTC)Syd Henderson

No, the structure is much more than just a "double helix". The idea of a double helix had been suspected by Gosling even before he teamed up with Franklin. Later, it was perfectly evident from photo 51, but there was much more work needed before a complete model could be formulated (where every molecule locked together perfectly). Crick produced the first complete mathematical model for which he was awarded the nobel prize -- BEFORE that unpublished March 17th paper by Franklin (and this paper was incomplete). Franklin had struggled on several important modelling issues, but Crick and Watson put all the pieces together. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ammonitida (talkcontribs) 15:20, 20 July 2016 (UTC)

New image[edit]

This is a new donation

Can we replace the fair use image with this donation? Victuallers (talk) 21:26, 28 March 2017 (UTC)

I think the photograph is much better for this article. The cartoon captures some of Franklin's features, however she had an Ashkenazi ancestry but the cartoon seems to indicate a different ethnicity. Also, the style of the photograph reflects the period in which Franklin lived whereas the cartoon is in a more modern style. Verbcatcher (talk) 22:13, 28 March 2017 (UTC)
That's a pity - I must say I'd prefer to have free images. Preferably a photo but if not then a sketch. Victuallers (talk) 20:15, 29 March 2017 (UTC)
The donation is nice and all, but I can't see the good in replacing a quality image with a sketch. The NFCC are limits, not ends in themselves; our purpose is to serve the reader—and, here, a contemporary portrait informs the reader better than an artist's rendering. Rebbing 21:13, 29 March 2017 (UTC)
Plus, the branding on the lapel in the sketch... sorry, but the photo is far better. VQuakr (talk) 04:44, 30 March 2017 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 20 May 2017[edit]

Addition to Cultural references

In the 2014 science-fiction novel, The Girl With All The Gifts, a mobile laboratory is named “Rosalind Franklin”. In the 2016 film of the same name, the name “Rosalind Franklin” is marked on the side of the laboratory. Hoxshox (talk) 19:49, 20 May 2017 (UTC)

Not done. Those are rather trivial references compared to the existing entries under "Cultural references", which list films/plays where Franklin is the primary subject. Sorry. Altamel (talk) 19:17, 21 May 2017 (UTC)

Readers of the Wikipedia article regarding Rosalind Franklin will be interested to know that her name has found its way into the popular culture (science-fiction), to some a significant event. The laboratory wasn't named "Francis Crick" or "James Watson", it was named "Rosalind Franklin" -- a significant shift in the popular awareness. Hoxshox (talk) 02:47, 22 May 2017 (UTC)

I agree that this is too trivial to merit mention in the article. VQuakr (talk) 03:58, 22 May 2017 (UTC)

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