Pioneering Women in STEM
Constant Wonder - Radio Archive, Episode 616
- Aug 18, 2020 7:00 pm
- 52:41 mins
Rosalind Franklin Guest: Patricia Fara, Emeritus Fellow, Clare College, Cambridge, and author, "A Lab of One’s Own: Science and Suffrage in the First World War" Rosalind Franklin helped discover the structure of DNA, but a decade after her death, the Nobel Prize for the discovery went to Watson, Crick, and Wilkins (who stole her photo of the double helix and showed it to the other two). But her legacy shouldn't be one of a martyr. By the time of her death at age 37, she was already internationally acclaimed for her work on viruses and vaccines. The Pioneering Life of Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin Guest: Georgina Ferry, author, “Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin: Patterns, Proteins and Peace: A Life in Science” Dorothy Hodgkin was the first British woman to ever win a Nobel Prize in a scientific field. From 1937 to 1956, Hodgkin used a new technique called X-ray crystallography to unlock the secrets of many biological molecules, such as cholesterol, vitamin B12, and insulin.