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Offers the existence and occupation of the geneticist who in 1983 was once presented the Nobel Prize for her learn of maize cells.
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McClintock was skilled at using the microscope, and she often could see structures and changes within the cell that Early Work at Cornell: 1918 –1927 others could not see. This skill gave her an edge in her future research and made her successful where others had failed. In June of 1923, McClintock received her undergraduate degree. At that time, approximately 25% of the graduates from the College of Agriculture were women. McClintock’s undergraduate majors were Plant Breeding and Botany, in which over the years she had earned a grade point average just under a B.
The 1920s was a period of dramatic change in society, as the soldiers who had returned from World War I were less inclined to follow the strict morality of their parents. McClintock caught this spirit as well, taking any class that pleased her and not caring much about her grade point average; she was also among the first at Cornell to “bob” her hair. Early Work at Cornell: 1918 –1927 to enjoy the pleasures of life without the moral constraints that inhibited their parents. A new age dawned, of wild music, jazz, loose sexual mores, and drinking and dancing in speakeasies.
Her former professors and colleagues helped her to find something permanent. It was not an easy task. She was as proud as she was independent. ” One problem she had was that she did not want to teach, for two reasons: one, she was not a great teacher, and two, she thought teaching did not give her enough time to conduct research. Really, she wanted only to do her research. The beginning of 1936 was a time during which McClintock worried. She was less than productive than usual—she would publish no papers at all that year.