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History of the Logo

History of the Logo

Rosalin Franklin

The Ravgen logo pays homage to the genetic pioneers whose discoveries advanced scientific knowledge in the 20th century, but whose full impact lies in the decades ahead. Most notable among these is British molecular biologist, Rosalind Elsie Franklin (1920-1958).

Rosalin Franklin 2

Her groundbreaking work in X-ray crystallography – and, in fact, one pivotal 1952 photograph – led directly to Watson and Crick’s understanding and publication of the double helix structure of DNA.

The dots emanating from the base of the V in Ravgen symbolize the image of DNA captured by Franklin and described by molecular physicist and crystallographer, J. D. Bernal, as “among the most beautiful X-ray photographs of any substance ever taken.”