Rosalind Franklin was an English chemist and X-ray crystallographer whose work significantly contributed to deciphering the structure of DNA. Despite her outstanding contributions, she received relatively little recognition for her research during her lifetime. Her X-ray image "Photo 51" provided crucial evidence for the double helix structure of DNA. The Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded in 1962 to James Watson, Francis Crick, and Maurice Wilkins, but not to Rosalind Franklin, even though she played an essential role. It was reported that Maurice Wilkins, a colleague of Franklin's, may have shared her findings with Watson and Crick without her knowledge.
Tragically, Rosalind Franklin passed away at the age of 37 from ovarian cancer, and only posthumously was it revealed that "Photo 51" was shared without her consent.
This painting is a tribute to a woman who was denied her rightful Nobel Prize. The vibrant colors represent her deep passion for research, with the shades of red reflecting her unwavering determination in the face of numerous challenges of her time.
Size: 100x 100 cm
Material: Portrait on canvas. Painted with acrylic paint and spray paint.