In 1953, the skepticism surrounding Barbara McClintock’s scientific results was so strong that she stopped publishing her work, but she did not stop working.
Barbara was an American geneticist who dedicated her life to researching the hereditary characteristics in corn and how these characteristics are passed down through generations and linked to chromosomes. During the 40s and 50s, she discovered that genes can move around and they are responsible for turning physical characteristics off and on.
Her results became better understood in the 60s and 70s as other scientists confirmed her findings. Finally, in 1983, Barbara McClintock’s work was accepted and recognized when she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. She was the first woman to receive an unshared Noble Prize in that category.
Barbara McClintock, thank you for your tenacity despite the skeptics. You are a truly ViVaCious Leader!