Great Photo of Barbara McClintock

The Wonderful World
Barbara McClintock, Rutland Road, Brooklyn, early 1920, permission of Marjorie M. Bhavnani

“She had never married, she had not, as an adult or as a child, ever pursued any of the goals that were conventional for women. She had never had any interest in what she called “decorating the torso.”

…Barbara McClintock has lived most of her life alone–physically, emotionally, and intellectually. But no one who has met her could doubt that it has been a full and satisfying life, a life well lived. Perhaps the word that best describes her stance is “autonomy.” Autonomy, with its attendant indifference to conventional expectations, is her trademark. Where had this extraordinary “capacity to be alone” (in the phrase of the psychoanalyst D. W. Winnicott) come from?”

—A Feeling for the Organism: The Life and Work of Barbara McClintock,
by Evelyn Fox Keller

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