Barbara McClintock

1902 - 1992

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Barbara McClintock (June 16, 1902 – September 2, 1992) was an American scientist and cytogeneticist who was awarded the 1983 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. McClintock received her PhD in botany from Cornell University in 1927. There she started her career as the leader of the development of maize cytogenetics, the focus of her research for the rest of her life. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Barbara McClintock has received more than 1,096,892 page views. Her biography is available in 78 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 75 in 2019). Barbara McClintock is the 32nd most popular biologist (down from 26th in 2019), the 398th most popular biography from United States (down from 321st in 2019) and the 4th most popular American Biologist.

Barbara McClintock is most famous for her discovery of transposons, which are segments of DNA that can move to different locations in the genome.

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Over the past year Barbara McClintock has had the most page views in the with 115,190 views, followed by Spanish (43,613), and Italian (10,607). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Norwegian (Nynorsk) (398.68%), Min Nan (75.98%), and Icelandic (72.65%)


Among biologists, Barbara McClintock ranks 32 out of 1,097Before her are Rachel Carson, Yoshinori Ohsumi, Katherine Oppenheimer, Theodor Schwann, Ada Yonath, and Santiago Ramón y Cajal. After her are Albrecht Kossel, Charles Richet, Matthias Jakob Schleiden, Harald zur Hausen, Dian Fossey, and Karl von Frisch.

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Among people born in 1902, Barbara McClintock ranks 19Before her are Eugene Wigner, Fernand Braudel, Saud of Saudi Arabia, Nâzım Hikmet, Alfred Kastler, and Kurt Alder. After her are Walter Houser Brattain, Arne Tiselius, Ray Kroc, William Wyler, Josemaría Escrivá, and Arne Jacobsen. Among people deceased in 1992, Barbara McClintock ranks 15Before her are Francis Bacon, Astor Piazzolla, Mikhail Tal, Olivier Messiaen, Giovanni Falcone, and John Cage. After her are Benny Hill, Anthony Perkins, Ernst Happel, Li Xiannian, Satyajit Ray, and Paolo Borsellino.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Barbara McClintock ranks 398 out of 20,380Before her are Anthony Kiedis (1962), Martin Sheen (1940), Jimmy Wales (1966), Ben Roy Mottelson (1926), Joseph Henry (1797), and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1947). After her are Dean Martin (1917), Michelle Pfeiffer (1958), Sarah Palin (1964), James Hong (1929), Man Ray (1890), and Florence Foster Jenkins (1868).

Among BIOLOGISTS In United States

Among biologists born in United States, Barbara McClintock ranks 4Before her are James Watson (1928), Thomas Hunt Morgan (1866), and Rachel Carson (1907). After her are Dian Fossey (1932), Sylvia Earle (1935), George Beadle (1903), Irwin Rose (1926), Linda B. Buck (1947), Stanley B. Prusiner (1942), Hermann Joseph Muller (1890), and John B. Calhoun (1917).