Overshadowed scientist

Benedict-hidden geniusBoston College graduate Marie Benedict is known for writing novels that shine a light on the untold stories of important—and often overshadowed—women, including Hedy Lamarr, Clementine Churchill, Agatha Christie, Mileva Marić (wife of Albert Einstein), and Belle da Costa Greene (personal librarian for J.P Morgan). Benedict’s newest publication, Her Hidden Genius (Sourcebooks Landmark, 2022), tells the story of Rosalind Franklin, a chemist and X-ray crystallographer whose role in the discovery of the structure of DNA has often been overlooked. Franklin’s work on the X-ray diffraction images of DNA led to the discovery of the DNA double helix. After her death, scientists Francis Crick, James Watson, and Maurice Wilkins would go on to share the Nobel Prize. Benedict spoke about her book with Entertainment Weekly.

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