DNA: Don’t we Normally write Anniversary?


It’s great that Google has honoured Rosalind Franklin, whose X-shaped diffraction pictures inspired Watson and Crick to build the double helix model of DNA 60 years ago. She was undoubtedly a great scientist, and an inspiration to many. But, it wasn’t her birthday on 25th July. It was the 93rd anniversary of her birth. The Independent got it wrong as well. I don’t mind this modern stylistic tic when a humanly impossible anniversary is quoted (e.g. the example of Shakespeare’s 400th birthday, from Wikipedia). But it’s ridiculous when plausible anniversaries are given.

PS If you haven’t read the book, read the book.


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