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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
26th January 1936 Born today: Noel Harrison, London, singer/actor (Mark-Girl from UNCLE)
26th January 1926 Television first demonstrated by John Logie Baird in London.
26th January 1922 Ralph Vaughan Williams' Pastoral Symphony, premieres in London
26th January 1904 Wealthy mining entrepreneur Whitaker Wright is convicted of fraud and immediately commits suicide by swallowing cyanide at the Royal Courts of Justice.
Scientist Rosalind Franklin
The home of pioneering female scientist Rosalind Franklin.
Location: Donovan Court, 107 Drayton Gardens, Chelsea, SW10 9QS
Description: Pioneering female scientist, Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958), lived here on the fourth floor from 1951 until her death in 1958.
She received recognition for her work on viruses and materials during her lifetime, but it is only posthumously that she was instrumental in the work that Francis Crick and James Watson achieved on the DNA nobel prize research (that she wasnt credit with at the time).
In 1950 she began to study systematic X-rays of DNA fibres, producing crucial information used by Crick and Watson in building their DNA model.