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Plant Scientist Highlight - Barbara McClintock

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Barbara McClintock was born on June 16th, 1902 in Hartford, Connecticut, and was raised in Brooklyn, NY. She was one of four children of Sara and Thomas McClintock. She received her bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees from Cornell, completing her education in 1927. She defied norms at the time…

Plant Scientist Highlight: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

This month’s plant scientist highlight is Johann Wolfgang Goethe. Goethe isn’t typically through of as a plant scientist, primarily being known for his literary works, but he greatly contributed to the systematic characterization of plants and the idea of homology. Johann grew up as the son…

Plant Scientist Highlights: Caroline Dean

A series by Alyssa Preiser Why did you decide to pursue science as you went through college, and what got you particularly interested in epigenetics and plant developmental transitions? I loved the documentaries of the marine biologist Jacques Cousteau so I chose to study marine biology at…

Plant Scientist Highlights: Sue Hartley

A series by Alyssa Preiser Why did you decide to pursue science as you went through college, and what got you particularly interested in plant defense and plant/organism interactions? I was always interested in science. It started as a young kid when I used to collect natural history - animal skulls,…

Historical Perspectives Collection

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Plant Scientist Highlights: Andrew Benson

This month we are featuring Andrew Benson, one of the most influential people in the discovery of the Calvin-Benson cycle. Andrew Benson came on the scene at the right time. Around the time he was born, Willstätter and Toll showed that chloroplasts absorbed CO2. After that, the hunt for the reaction…

Plant Scientist Highlight: Michael Purugganan

Why did you decide to pursue science as you went through college, and what got you particularly interested in rice stress and plant domestication?  There were two areas I had an aptitude for in college – science and journalism. I was lucky to get experience in both during my college days,. …

Plant Scientist Highlights: Barbara McClintock

This month we are featuring Barbara McClintock. She was at the cutting edge of her field and many of her discoveries weren’t accepted until years later. She has contributory greatly to the fields of genetics, ethnobotany, and paleobotany. Dr. McClintock grew up as an independent and determined…

Plant Scientist Highlights: Sophien Kamoun

Sophien Kamoun is our plant scientist highlight of the month. He grew up in Tunisia and during the course of his studies, he has lived in Paris, the Netherlands, the United States, and now the United Kingdom. He is active on social media, pioneering ways to connect with other scientists and the public. Dr.…