Great Minds: Barbara McClintock

Barbara McClintock discovered mobile genetic elements and was eventually awarded a Nobel Prize, but people first laughed at her because of her gender. Learn more about her contributions to genetics with a biographical video.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Discover the other research McClintock is known for 
Classroom Considerations

  • Video uses language that may not be appropriate for the classroom
  • Be aware of foul language in the comment section as well
  • Video is the 21st in a series of 25
Pros

  • Contains many cross-cultural connections to history, science, and psychology
  • Highlights a female scientist unfamiliar to most
Cons

  • None