Friday, March 2, 2012

Berkeley Lab Recognizes Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month, a time to recognize and celebrate the diverse and historic accomplishments of women. This year we pay tribute to Barbara McClintock(June 16, 1902 – September 2, 1992), an American scientist who won the 1983 Nobel Laureate in Medicine. McClintock was the first woman to win an unshared Nobel and the third woman elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1944. Check out local events around the Bay and at the Chabot Space & Science Center and educational programs at KQED.

Barbara McClintock received her Ph.D. in botany from Cornell University, where she was a leader in the development of maize cytogenetics, in particular, the relationship between plant reproduction and subsequent mutations. She developed theories to explain the suppression or expression of genetic information from one generation of maize plants to the next, defying the common wisdom of molecular biology prevalent during her time. Her work on the cytogenetics of maize led her to theorize that genes are transposable on and between chromosomes. Throughout her career, McClintock was recognized as one of the most distinguished scientists of the 20th century.
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