Rosalind Looked Closer: An Unsung Hero of Molecular Science
The story of a persistent woman whose research in molecular biology changed the world.
As a Jewish girl in England, Rosalind Franklin grew up against the backdrop of World War II. Fascinated with the natural world, as well as the invisible world that she could only see through her microscope, Rosalind developed a passion for science during a time when few women were recognized for their contributions to the field.
Despite her father's discouragement, Rosalind studied chemistry at Cambridge University and went on to study the molecular structure of carbons and DNA molecules. As a scientist, she learned a new technique called X-ray diffraction to take photos of molecular structures. With this technique she captured an image of DNA that was unlike any other image that had been seen before. She saw an image of a helix made up of repeating strands of DNA. It was mesmerizing. This was what the DNA double helix looked like up-close--one of the most important findings of the 20th century.
An unsung hero of molecular science, Rosalind persisted even when men took credit for her work, going on to research the molecular shape of the viruses. Rosalind Looks Closer is sure to inspire educators and parents interested in encouraging curiosity and a passion for STEM in girls and boys.
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About the Author
Lisa Gerin is a former elementary librarian and high school teacher with a Masters' degree in Education. She had a satisfying career working with children, teaching reading and writing for grades PreK through 12. Lisa now writes nonfiction picture books. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, but was raised in New York City. Lisa loves animals and nature, especially her rescue kittens, Thor and Cleo. Rosalind Looked Closer is her debut picture book.
A new generation is introduced to a fascinating woman of science whose story deserves to be more widely known. --Kirkus Reviews
Biographies of women scientists are sorely needed, and this one appears to be well researched. --School Library Journal
Gerin com-bines sci-en-tif-ic accu-ra-cy with art-ful lan-guage to cap-ture Franklin's fas-ci-na-tion with the uni-verse. --Jewish Book Council