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Rosalind Franklin University unveils bronze statue of its namesake

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  • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science unveils a bronze statue of its namesake Thursday in North Chicago. The late-British scientist's Photo 51 was crucial to the 1953 discovery of the structure of DNA.

      Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science unveils a bronze statue of its namesake Thursday in North Chicago. The late-British scientist's Photo 51 was crucial to the 1953 discovery of the structure of DNA.
    Courtesy of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

  • Martin Franklin, left, and Rosalind Franklin Jekowsky, the nephew and niece of the late-British scientist Rosalind Franklin attended Thursday's unveiling of a bronze statue in her honor at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago.

      Martin Franklin, left, and Rosalind Franklin Jekowsky, the nephew and niece of the late-British scientist Rosalind Franklin attended Thursday's unveiling of a bronze statue in her honor at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago.
    Courtesy of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

  • K. Michael Welch, president and CEO of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, addresses the crowd Thursday during the unveiling of a bronze statue of the university's namesake.

      K. Michael Welch, president and CEO of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, addresses the crowd Thursday during the unveiling of a bronze statue of the university's namesake.
    Courtesy of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

 
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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.

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