Florence Ogilvy Bell
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British X-ray crystallographer who assisted William Thomas Astbury as his research student while working on her Ph.D. (awarded 1939). While working on her thesis, she took the first photographs of diffraction patterns from DNA fibers, which led to their first hypothetical structure of DNA (though incorrect). During WW II she joined with the Women's Auxiliary Air Force.
Science Quotes by Florence Ogilvy Bell (1 quote)
Possibly the most pregnant recent development in molecular biology is the realization that the beginnings of life are closely associated with the interactions of proteins and nucleic acids.
— Florence Ogilvy Bell
'X-ray and Related Studies of the Structure of the Proteins and Nucleic Acids', PhD Thesis, University of Leeds (1939), 63. As quoted in Robert Cecil Olby, The Path to the Double Helix: The Discovery of DNA (1974), 70.