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Barbara McClintock by chid0 Barbara McClintock by chid0
For the contest "Celebrating the Heroes of Science" organized by :icondomain-of-darwin:, my choice of who I want to portray was very straightforward.

Barbara McClintock, who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1983 for her discovery of transposable genetic elements. The remarkable thing about her discovery is among other things the fact that she did so as early as the 1940's. Way before anyone had an idea about molecular structure of DNA. Genetics was an obscure and unfashionable field at that time. Noone really believed her. Until all those famous others like Morgan, Watson, Crick, Pauling etc. made their discoveries - and her work was reestablished.

But there is another reason why I chose her, one that is even more important for me. Howard Green, a colleague, wrote this about her after she died in 1992:

"Barbara McClintock was a woman who rejected a woman's life for herself. She began to do it as a small child and never deviated. Her childhood was not a happy one, and perhaps this provided the force, the moral tension that was so strong in her and so necessary for the life she lived. And we must not forget that at the foundation of every creative life there lies a sense of personal inadequacy that energizes the struggle. This sense was strong in Barbara."

She is a big inspiration for me on my continuing struggle to become a geneticist myself.
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atorife Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Krásné ^^ ty kontrastní barvy.. nejvíce se mi líbí ten obličej, je krásně vystínovaný a detailní :meow:
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chid0 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist
dekuju ^^ delala jsem ji podle fotografie, ale ja moc portrety neumim - stesti ze se podoba :D
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masteranza Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
Super cool.
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chid0 Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist
thanks :)
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Solaces Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
I had to log in just to fave this or I would have surely forgotten.
Wonderful tribute to a wonderful woman.:heart:
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chid0 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist
She's a great inspiration for me! Determined to follow her goal and at the same time a humble and wonderful person.
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Solaces Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
Likewise!
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Seleenee Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
faving because of strong idea of the author
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chid0 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist
thank you!
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KaitoAozora Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
Wonderful and inspiring :) Also a beautiful picture, although it does look a bit like a photograph with a filter on. So, really, the only problem is that it's too realistic...
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chid0 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist
I used my favourite picture of her as reference: [link] but I think I didn't succeed much. somehow I managed to make her look manlier XD
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KaitoAozora Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
Really? I don't think she looks manly... but then, I'm routinely mistaken for male myself, so I maybe shouldn't judge :XD: It's an excellent likeness, I think.
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shippo752 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
lol genetic gene center, fail XD
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shippo752 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
ahh cool! I work at a plant genetic gene center and i see her name everywhere. i had no idea how much of an impact she made in the field of genetics. thanks for sharing!
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chid0 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist
how awesome. I want to work someplace like that too. she gets a bit overlooked, she was a very humble person, that's one of the reasons I chose her :)
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cjtremlett Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
Lovely picture, and a wonderful comment. I'd heard her name, but really knew nothing much about her before.
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
Oh! Beautifully done and a great choice.

Good luck with both the contest and your work :)
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chid0 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist
thanks a lot ^^ I didn't even do much choosing, when I discovered the contest all that came to my mind was "oh how cool! i get to draw McClintock for a reason!" XD
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
:giggle: Perfect.
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FlyQueen Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011   Digital Artist
Ah...sehr schönes Portrait~
Ich bin echt froh, dass du deine neue Leidenschaft mit der Alten verbinden kannst und das zeichnen/malen nicht aufgibst C:
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chid0 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist
danke!
ich finde die sind irgendwie immer verbunden gewesen, oder um genau zu sein, die eine (wissenschaft) war in der anderen (zeichnen) versteckt, ich habe sie nur herausgeholt :] zeichnen ist fuer mich fast eine notwendigkeit, also werde ich immer wieder was von mir geben, auch wenn die qualitaet nie wirklich besser wird. ich finde du solltest auf jeden fall auch machen was du machen willst (und verdammt gut kannst!) :]
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