Rosalind Franklin doodle: Google honors breakthrough DNA scientist's 93rd birthday

Google honored Rosalind Franklin, the molecular biologist who never received proper credit for her breakthrough findings on DNA, with its doodle Thursday.

The groundbreaking scientist would be 93 Thursday. And it was just 51 years ago in 1962 that three men won the Nobel Prize despite her famous "Photo 51" contributions, according to Biography.

Franklin, known as "the dark lady of DNA," revealed DNA's double-helix structure at King's College in London; however, the glory fell upon James Watson and Francis Crick after she showed them the photo.

The two were able to publish their DNA discovery with this picture being the final piece, according Franklin only in a footnote.

Tragically, Franklin died of ovarian cancer at 37.

To learn more about Rosalind Franklin, visit biography.com.

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