To fully grasp the significance of Suzanne Cory’s career starts with her acceptance to Cambridge University. Picture this woman of science; 1960’s, A young woman, fresh out of her undergraduate studies and only truly committed to studying molecular science for four years, asks the man who was responsible for co-founding the structure of DNA, if she could be a research assistant for his team. This man, Professor Frances Crick, also nobel prize winner, was struck with great surprise upon receiving a letter from Suzanne a woman wanting a future in science. Even under great recommendation from her molecular genetics professor at Melbourne University, she believes Professor Crick was taken by surprise to receive such a request from a young female scientist. Much to Suzanne’s surprise her request was accepted and in the Fall of 1966 she became a doctoral student under Professor Crick at Cambridge University, UK. (Suzanne Cory 1949-)
Upon her acceptance she began looking for scholarships to fund her doctoral studies. Of course in these times there were little to no opportunities for scholarships for women in the field of science. However, Suzanne was able to apply for one single scholarship which she believes was incorrectly missing the gender requirement for application. Suzanne applied and received the only scholarship available to her. See article in TheAge; Women of Science.