Wikipedia to celebrate Rosalind Franklin’s birthday

An animated GIF showing the double helical structure of DNA
An animated GIF showing the double helical structure of DNA

Wikimedia UK is working together with the Royal Society and the Medical Research Council’s National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) to celebrate the birthday of Rosalind Franklin, the scientist whose work laid the foundations for the discovery of the structure of DNA.

This special event on Thursday 25 July in Mill Hill, London, features an opportunity to learn how to edit Wikipedia with a focus on articles about women in science. There is also a panel discussion led by eminent female scientists including Professor Dame Athene Donald of Cambridge University and a presentation on the life and work of Rosalind Franklin.

This event is part of a series that is planned to celebrate the centenary of the Medical Research Council and all are welcome. Attendees will have access to a variety of excellent sources from, amongst others, the MRC, The Royal Society and the Wellcome Trust. We will have trainers available to take you through editing Wikipedia, and librarians able to explain more about the collection.

It’s free to take part but pre-booking is required. You can reserve your space here. For more information please contact Daria Cybulska, Wikimedia UK’s Programme Manager –

You can read more about the initiative here and during the event join us on Twitter using #WISWIKI