Barbara McClintock Biography

Botanist, Scientist, Scientist, Geneticist (1902–1992)
Scientist Barbara McClintock won a Nobel Prize in 1983 for her study of corn chromosomes, which revolutionized the field of cytogenetics.


Scientist Barbara McClintock received her Ph.D. from Cornell University in Botany. She specialized in cytogenetics, particularly the study of chromosomes in corn. She discovered the role of "controlling elements" in genetic regulation and transposition. Her work was considered too radical (or simply ignored) until it was replicated in the late 1960s. McClintock received the Nobel Prize in 1983.

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