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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; First Edition edition (22 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199699623
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199699629
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 2.3 x 14.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 472,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In this short and intensely personal memoir, Franklin emerges as a warm, self-willed, conscientious, practical, bold, imaginative and caring daughter, sister, niece and aunt. (Georgina Ferry, Times Literary Supplement)

Jenifer Glynn has written a wonderful book - essential reading for all who are interested in Rosalind or the DNA story. (Brenda Maddox, author of Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA)

This is a very readable account of Rosalind Franklin's life written by her much younger sister, Jenifer Glynn... I can thoroughly recommend it. (The Bulle tin of The Royal College of Pathologists, August 2013)

About the Author

Jenifer Glynn read History at Cambridge and is the author of several books, including Prince of Publishers (1986), about the Victorian publisher George Smith, and The Pioneering Garretts: breaking the barriers for women (2008).


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This is a wonderful book.If you have read either the biography by Brenda Maddox Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA or the book by Anne SayreRosalind Franklin and DNA or both,this book will be like sunlight shining through a lattice work of previous information.
If you have not read either or seen the 1987 BBC play and are starting from scratch re-Rosalind,then you will be introduced to a rather wonderful person who has described her famous sister with very gentle personal tact and deep love.You can learn about her(the sister's) remakable discoveries and the dramatic and rather amazing vortices of destiny she seemd to get mixed up in ,And yet she was almost the model of a devoted scientist keen to avoid the glamour or show biz elements which almost came her way.Almost a 'Curie'.!!!
So it is a really lovely book,but who could not shed a tear at the end?.It is so gently touched on by this wonderful sister,Jennifer Glynn, but one can feel the sadness and pain even after 50+ years.
The book is like Rosalind as one imagines her.Fairly terse ,to the point but warm and loyal and faithful .
No other characters are attacked in the book or belittled but all tend to assume their right size,especially the 3 nobel prize winners.
(Actually, I for one am glad she never got that doubtful accolade.To give prizes to scientists as if science were an olympic sport seems to me quite ridiculous.Like asking the football league to judge Shakespeare plays.)
So may this book reach those whose hearts and minds resonate for the humanly scientific spirit .
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This is a delightful read as Jenifer Glynn gives a sympathetic but not sentimental account of her sister's personality and scientific achievements. It is slighter but more relaxed that Brenda Maddox's biography and does justice both to Rosalind Franklyn's driven peronality and her humanity within the family and in visits to America and time spent living in Paris. She corrects some of the grosser calumnies such as her sisters decision to spend her periods of convalescence with her brother's family or with friends not,as popularly supposed because she was estranged from her parents but because she wanted to shield her mother in particular from the realities of her illness.
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This is a well written and fascinating insight into the short life of a scientist whose work laid the groundwork for future advances in a number of fields. Well worth reading by anyone with an interest in science, and especially those interested in the history of the discovery of DNA.
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not much of the science RF actually did:
mostly "life-style" observations/memories
I met the author at ECM28 (Crystallography) Warwick, 2014
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Very much a family review without much detail of her scientific work.
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