Notes on computing assistance for tobacco mosaic virus research
The mathematical analysis of Franklin's x-ray diffraction data required hundreds of calculations, which had to be done
by hand before the advent of electronic computers. Franklin requested and was granted funds to hire three "computers"--women
with mathematics training--to assist with this work. This memo to Bernal details her progress with these arrangements.
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1954-05-25 (May 25, 1954)
[Bernal, John Desmond]
Original Repository: Churchill Archives Centre. The Papers of Rosalind Franklin
Reproduced from the Franklin Collection at the Churchill Archives Centre with the permission of the copyright holder.
The best arrangement it has been possible to make for temporary computing assistance for the T.M.V. research is that the work
should be divided into three parts as follows.
Miss Margaret Mitchell (46, Radnor Road, Harrow), will work for three weeks. Miss Mitchell has Higher Certificate in mathematics,
and is aged 18 1/2. It seems that 4 - 10 pounds per week would be a suitable payment. (She will have to spend 15 shillings
per week on fares).
The third stage of the work will be carried out by a student or fresh graduate, working for five weeks from June 14th. Details
of this are not yet arranged, but there are several candidates. Pay would presumably be about 6 pounds per week.