Listen up, science fans. Today Google’s homepage Doodle honors a woman you’ve unfortunately probably never heard of – but you should have.
On what would have been Rosalind Franklin’s 93rd birthday, Google is paying homage to the lady who helped us understand that our DNA is arranged in twisted double helices. “When James Watson and Francis Crick were building ball-and-stick models to piece together the theoretical structure of DNA, independently, at King’s College London, Franklin was blasting X-rays through the molecules, taking portrait shots of their structure,” according to NBC News. Apparently looking at those photographs of Franklin’s was the final piece in the puzzle for Watson and Crick’s DNA breakthrough.
The Doodle showcases a double helix strand as well as Franklin’s Photo 51, which the iconic image came to be known as. Alas, her name was not listed next to Watson, Crick and others as Nobel Prize winners for this discovery, an omission many chalk up to the fact that she was a woman. But today fans of her work can take comfort in knowing that while she was denied the Nobel Prize, she finally does get to be search engine friendly, meaning people trolling Google for cat videos may accidentally learn something.