17 Rosalind Franklin Quotes from Famous English Chemist

Rosalind Franklin was an influential chemist known for her x-ray diffraction studies of DNA.

She was born in a prominent Anglo-Jewish family in London and she showed early aptitude for math and science, later studying physical chemistry at Cambridge University.

She completed her PhD in 1945, exploring coal’s microstructures, which later informed coal classification and performance prediction.

Franklin’s work in Jacques Mering’s lab in Paris honed her skills in x-ray crystallography, enhancing her international reputation among coal chemists.


Back in England, she worked at King’s College London, studying DNA’s structure via x-ray diffraction.

Despite tension with colleague Maurice Wilkins, she discovered DNA’s two forms and their distinct helical structures.

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Meanwhile, Francis Crick and James Watson used Franklin’s unpublished research and x-ray image to build their DNA model.

Franklin later researched plant viruses, notably the tobacco mosaic virus. Franklin’s DNA work garnered posthumous recognition, often overlooking her significant coal and virus research.

Rosalind Franklin was called the ‘Dark Lady of DNA’.

I have compiled the best quotes by Rosalind Franklin.

Best Rosalind Franklin Quotes


Science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated. ~ Rosalind Franklin.


I agree that faith is essential to success in life, but I do not accept your definition of faith, i.e. belief in life after death. ~ Rosalind Franklin.


Science, for me, gives a partial explanation for life. In so far as it goes, it is based on fact, experience and experiment. ~ Rosalind Franklin.


I would willingly go more primitive if it were necessary to preserve my freedom. ~ Rosalind Franklin.


I maintain that faith in this world is perfectly possible without faith in another world. ~ Rosalind Franklin.


The results suggest a helical structure. ~ Rosalind Franklin.

My method of thought and reasoning is influenced by a scientific training – if that were not so my scientific training will have been a waste and a failure. ~ Rosalind Franklin.

Famous Rosalind Franklin Quotes

In my view, all that is necessary for faith is the belief that by doing our best we shall succeed in our aims: the improvement of mankind. ~ Rosalind Franklin.


Your faith rests on the future of yourself and others as individuals, mine in the future and fate of our successors. ~ Rosalind Franklin.

Your theories are those which you and many other people find easiest and pleasantest to believe, but so far as I can see, they have no foundation other than they leaf to a pleasanter view of life (and an exaggerated idea of our own importance). ~ Rosalind Franklin.


Again, I see no reason why the belief that we are insignificant or fortuitous should lessen our faith. ~ Rosalind Franklin.

We wish to discuss a structure for the salt of deoxyribose nucleic acid. (D.N.A.). This structure has novel features which are of considerable biologic interest. ~ Rosalind Franklin.

Top Rosalind Franklin Quotes

The results suggest a helical structure which must be very closely packed containing probably 2, 3 or 4 coaxial nucleic acid chains per helical unit and having the phosphate groups near the outside. ~ Rosalind Franklin.


What’s the use of doing all this work if we don’t get some fun out of this? ~ Rosalind Franklin.

Traveling around in a little tin box isolates one from the people and the atmosphere of the place in a way that I have never experienced before. ~ Rosalind Franklin.

I see no reason to believe that a creator of protoplasm or primeval matter, if such there be, has any reason to be interested in our insignificant race in a tiny corner of the universe, and still less in us, as still more insignificant individuals. ~ Rosalind Franklin.

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