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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 952,897 page views. Her biography is available in 75 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 71 in 2019). Barbara McClintock is the 27th most popular biologist (up from 35th in 2019), the 321st most popular biography from United States (up from 468th 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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Among biologists, Barbara McClintock ranks 27 out of 841Before her are Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, Thomas Henry Huxley, Maria Sibylla Merian, Rachel Carson, Élie Metchnikoff, and Trofim Lysenko. After her are Conrad Gessner, Jules Bordet, Dian Fossey, Charles Richet, Theodor Schwann, and Yoshinori Ohsumi.

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Among people born in 1902, Barbara McClintock ranks 16Before her are Isaac Bashevis Singer, Talcott Parsons, Halldór Laxness, Fernand Braudel, Ray Kroc, and Saud of Saudi Arabia. After her are Eugene Wigner, Nâzım Hikmet, William Wyler, Alfred Kastler, Walter Houser Brattain, and Kurt Alder. Among people deceased in 1992, Barbara McClintock ranks 13Before her are Astor Piazzolla, Menachem Begin, Olivier Messiaen, John Cage, Mikhail Tal, and Francis Bacon. After her are Aribert Heim, Giovanni Falcone, Benny Hill, Li Xiannian, James E. Webb, and Anthony Perkins.

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Among people born in United States, Barbara McClintock ranks 321 out of 18,182Before her are Philip Roth (1933), Buffalo Bill (1846), George S. Patton (1885), William Henry Harrison (1773), Jerry Brown (1938), and Natalie Wood (1938). After her are James Buchanan (1791), Carl David Anderson (1905), O. Henry (1862), Barry Barish (1936), O. J. Simpson (1947), and Anton LaVey (1930).

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), Hermann Joseph Muller (1890), Linda B. Buck (1947), George Beadle (1903), John Franklin Enders (1897), Lynn Margulis (1938), Irwin Rose (1926), and Alfred Hershey (1908).