My sister, Rosalind Franklin

This year's Selig Brodetsky Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Jenifer Glynn, author of the recent book "My Sister, Rosalind Franklin".

Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958) is famed for her contributions to the science of X-ray crystallography, above all for her role in the story of the discovery in 1953 of the double-helical structure of DNA. Franklin's Jewish identity, her family's position in the Jewish community in London, and her experiences as a Jewish woman making a scientific career in Britain in the mid-twentieth century are themes that have received increasing attention from commentators.

Jenifer Glynn's lecture will take place:

On:  Tuesday 6 November 2012

At:   5.30pm

In:   Old Mining Building, Lecture Theatre A

A wine reception will follow the lecture.

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About the Selig Brodetsky Memorial Lectures

This series of annual lectures was established in memory of Selig Brodetsky (1888-1954), who occupied the Chair of Applied Mathematics at the University of Leeds from 1924 to 1948. Following Brodetsky's death in 1954 a number of his friends and admirers founded the series of memorial lectures that bears his name. Each year a lecture is delivered that addresses some aspect of Jewish studies and/or science and mathematics.  The Brodetsky lectures are organised by the Centre for Jewish Studies, in collaboration with the Centre for History and Philosophy of Science (School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science) and the School of Mathematics.

This year's lecture is being organized in association with the University's upcoming centenary celebrations of the invention of X-ray crystallography by William and Lawrence Bragg in 1913, when William Bragg was Professor of Physics at Leeds. The first X-ray photograph of DNA was also obtained at Leeds, in the laboratory of William Astbury in 1938.

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