Barbara McClintock

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Died: 2 September 1992, Huntington, NY, USA

Born: 16 June 1902, Hartford, CT, USA


Barbara McClintock was an american botanist through out the 20th century. She began her schooling at Cornell in 1919. She was a carreer scientist devoting her life to her work.Her research focused on heritable traits. Using corn as her model she was able to prove that genes can move position on chromosomes, and that this move is then able to alter the expression levels of near by genes. For this work she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1983. 

Things are much more marvelous than the scientific method allows us to conceive

It might seem unfair to reward a person for having so much pleasure over the years, asking the maize plant to solve specific problems and then watching its responses
Scientific knowledge is lots of fun. You get lots of correlations, but you don’t get the truth
I was so startled by their [Tibetan Buddhists] method of training and by its results that I figured we were limiting ourselves by using what we call the scientific method
If you know you are on the right track, if you have this inner knowledge, then nobody can turn you off... no matter what they say
I never thought of stopping, and I just hated sleeping. I can’t imagine having a better life.