Rosalind attended the St. Paul’s Girls’ School in West London from 1932 until her graduation in 1938. While there, she continued to excel in nearly every subject. In fact, there was only one area in which she performed lower than average. According to the school’s music director, her singing was, at best, “almost in tune.”
No matter. According to her mother, she had decided to pursue a career in science by the age of 16. Muriel Franklin described that decisiveness as characteristic of Rosalind, who “all her life knew exactly where she was going.”
Rosalind’s early education in private preparatory and boarding schools prepared her for enrollment in 1938 at Newnham College, one of two schools for women at prestigious Cambridge University.