Dorothy Wrinch, born in England in 1894, educated at Cambridge, studied logic with Bertrand Russell and then taught mathematics at Oxford before turning to biology, a field then judged ripe for overhaul. The elegant model she proposed for protein molecules in the mid-1930s sparked the aforementioned war. Turf battles, sexism, and personalities were part of the mix, and Wrinch, sharp of eye, mind, and tongue, was often her own worst enemy. Her model lost out in the end, but she never admitted defeat.
Presented by Marjorie Senechal, Louise Wolff Kahn Professor Emerita, Smith College
Tickets available first-come, first-serve on the day of the lecture at the Welcome Center. The audience is invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the program. Free coffee available. Cookies provided courtesy of Big Y.
From Mars to Molecules: Quirky Scientists Who put the Valley on the Map, highlighting remarkable Pioneer Valley scientists who were also unusual characters.