About the name Historia

Barbara McClintock

Research Scientist, Genetics (1902-1992)

Barbara was devoted to science her entire life. She went to college and became a research scientist who studied genetics (genes are parts of cells that make every living thing different). Barbara did research on different forms and colors of plants, and found that in different colors of corn, genes "jumped" places. Barbara attempted to explain her findings to other scientists, but her ideas were so different, many people did not believe her. When more powerful microscopes were developed, thirty years later, other scientists finally saw what Dr. McClintock had been trying to explain. In 1983, when Dr. McClintock was in her 80s, she was finally recognized for her research and received the Nobel Prize.

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Information adapted from History of Women in Science for Young People by Vivian Sheldon Epstein.