Friday, December 21, 2007

Sassy Bitches of Science: Barbara McClintock


Born in 1902, this tremendously sassy lady grew to become one of the most important geneticists of her time, studying the behavior of chromosomes during replication and recombination, as well as discovering transposable elements. She also never married, used corn (corn!) as her model organism, and was the first and only woman to win an unshared Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Years after her death and several biographies later, no one can decide if her work wasn't taken seriously at first because she was a woman, she was too sassy, or people just weren't ready for how awesome it was. Overall, she was one sassy bitch.

1 comment:

Jake said...

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