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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  Student Traditional Artist
Krásné ^^ ty kontrastní barvy.. nejvíce se mi líbí ten obličej, je krásně vystínovaný a detailní :meow:
chid0 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist
dekuju ^^ delala jsem ji podle fotografie, ale ja moc portrety neumim - stesti ze se podoba :D
masteranza Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
Super cool.
chid0 Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist
thanks :)
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:
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.
Solaces Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
Seleenee Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
faving because of strong idea of the author
chid0 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist
thank you!
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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