Officials at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science unveiled a bronze statue of the school's namesake on Thursday near the front entrance of the university on Green Bay Road in North Chicago.
According to the university, Rosalind Franklin is widely considered one of the 100 most influential scientists of all time, and among the top 10 women in the history of science -- second only to Marie Curie. Franklin is the late-British scientist whose Photo 51 was crucial to the discovery of the structure of DNA.
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Speeches were given Thursday by university officials, students and Franklin's relatives.
The statue was created by Highwood artist Julie Rotblatt-Amrany.