Her Hidden Genius: A Novel by Marie Benedict

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"Brings to life Franklin's grit and spirit...an important contribution to the historical record." —The Washington Post


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She changed the world with her discovery. Three men took the credit.

Rosalind Franklin has always been an outsider—brilliant, but different. Whether working at the laboratory she adored in Paris or toiling at a university in London, she feels closest to the science, those unchanging laws of physics and chemistry that guide her experiments. When she is assigned to work on DNA, she believes she can unearth its secrets.


Rosalind knows if she just takes one more X-ray picture – one more after thousands – she can unlock the building blocks of life. Never again will she have to listen to her colleagues complain about her, especially Maurice Wilkins, who’d rather conspire about genetics with James Watson and Francis Crick than work alongside her. 

Then it finally happens – the double helix structure of DNA reveals itself to her with perfect clarity. But what unfolds next, Rosalind could have never predicted.

 Marie Benedict’s powerful new novel shines a light on a woman who sacrificed her life to discover the nature of our very DNA, a woman whose world-changing contributions were hidden by the men around her but whose relentless drive advanced our understanding of humankind.



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Marie Benedict has given us an immense gift: a peek into the inner world of Rosalind Franklin, one of the most brilliant–and overlooked–scientists of her time. Her Hidden Genius describes the discovery of DNA in exquisite beauty, weaving the structure of the double helix effortlessly into a poignant and compelling narrative. This is Benedict’s best work yet, a book that will break your heart, rattle your expectations, and ultimately leave you stunned by the sacrifices one woman made for science. ― Nathalia Holt, New York Times bestselling author of Rise of the Rocket Girls 


Marie Benedictis a lawyer with more than ten years’ experience as a litigator at two of the country’s premier law firms and for Fortune 500 companies. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston College with a focus in history and art history and a cum laude graduate of the Boston University School of Law. Marie, the author of The Other EinsteinCarnegie’s MaidThe Only Woman in the Room, and Lady Clementine, views herself as an archaeologist of sorts, telling the untold stories of women. She lives in Pittsburgh with her family.

Brings to life Franklin’s grit and spirit…an important contribution to the historical record.— The Washington Post

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