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Barbara McClintock: Nobel Prize Geneticist

Barbara McClintock: Nobel Prize Geneticist

by Edith Hope Fine

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 6-10-This book is what every good biography should be. The extraordinary scientist's accomplishments are shown to be part of her illustrious career as well as revelatory of her unique characteristics. An introductory chapter focuses on her reaction to winning a Nobel Prize, followed by a chronological account of her life and discoveries. Throughout the narrative, McClintock's lively personality and dedication to her work shine through. Unlike many highly focused scientists, she delighted in sharing her knowledge with colleagues and young people. Although her chosen area of study, maize or Indian corn, may not ignite curiosity in many people, the thrill she felt in discovering this plant's secrets is evident. McClintock's independence precipitated clashes with other scientists and made her seem quirky at times. However, comments by those who knew her show clearly the respect and warm regard they held for her. Black-and-white photos add interest and diagrams and charts help simplify science concepts. A chronology of McClintock's significant achievements plus a Web site with many links to more information about her and her work are especially helpful. Readers come away from this biography impressed by this remarkable woman's humility as well as her genius.-Ann G. Brouse, Big Flats Branch Library, NY

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Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
People to Know Series
Product dimensions:
6.27(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.52(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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