History of Medicine Society
This scholarly program presents lectures on diverse topics by experts in the history of medicine. Lectures are free and open to Mayo Clinic employees and students, patients, visitors and the public.
The Secret of Life: Rosalind Franklin, James Watson, Francis Crick, and the Discovery of DNA's Double Helix
Presenter: Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D.
Director of the Center for the History of Medicine
University of Michigan
Date: To be announced
Time: 6:00 p.m. CT
Dr. Markel is the George E. Wantz, M.D. Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine and Director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan. He is the world’s pre-eminent historian of epidemics, quarantines, pandemics, public health, and medicine and popular culture.
Dr. Markel will discuss his new book, The Secret of Life: Rosalind Franklin, James Watson, Francis Crick, and the Discovery of DNA's Double Helix, a story of genius and perseverance, but also a saga of cronyism, misogyny, anti-Semitism, and misconduct. Drawing on voluminous archival research, including interviews with James Watson and with Franklin’s sister, Jenifer Glynn, Markel provides a fascinating look at how science is done, how reputations are undone, and how history is written, and revised.
This lecture presentation will be delivered via Zoom.
Additional lectures are tentatively planned for the rest of 2021 and 2022. Details will be shared at a later date.
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