Skip to main contentU.S. National Library of MedicineU.S. National Library of Medicine

Profiles in Science
Pinterest badge Follow Profiles in Science on Pinterest!

The Rosalind Franklin Papers

Letter from J. T. Randall to Rosalind Franklin pdf (50,401 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from J. T. Randall to Rosalind Franklin
After Franklin's departure from King's College, Randall wrote this letter demanding that she cease working on DNA problems as soon as possible, and also cease advising her former assistant, graduate student Raymond Gosling, about his graduate work. She finished writing up her DNA work during 1953, but continued to mentor Gosling.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (50,401 Bytes)
1953-04-17 (April 17, 1953)
Randall, J. T.
King's College London
Franklin, Rosalind
Original Repository: Churchill Archives Centre. The Papers of Rosalind Franklin
Courtesy of the Churchill Archives Centre.
The National Library of Medicine's Profiles in Science program has made every effort to secure proper permissions for posting items on the web site. In this instance, however, it has either not been possible to identify or contact the current copyright owner. If you have information regarding the copyright owner, please contact us at
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Nucleic Acids
Exhibit Category:
The DNA Riddle: King's College, London, 1951-1953
Folder Number:
Unique Identifier:
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Series: Work on DNA
Folder: Papers and correspondence on DNA, 1950-1953
17th April 1953
Dear Miss Franklin,
You will no doubt remember that when we discussed the question of your leaving my laboratory you agreed that it would be better for you to cease to work on the nucleic acid problem and take up something else. I appreciate that it is difficult to stop thinking immediately about a subject on which you have been so deeply engaged, but I should be grateful if you could now clear up, or write up, the work to the appropriate stage. A very real point about which I am a little troubled is that it is obviously not right that Gosling should be supervised by someone not specifically resident in this laboratory. You will realise that the necessary reorganisation for this purpose which arises from your departure cannot really proceed while you remain, in an intellectual sense, a member of the laboratory.
Yours sincerely,
JT Randall
Metadata Last Modified Date:
Linked Data:
RDF/XML     JSON     JSON-LD     N3/Turtle     N-Triples