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Barbara McClintock

37-cent Barbara McClintock stamp
This 37-cent stamp honoring McClintock was issued May 4, 2005.

Barbara McClintock (1902-1992) pursued genetics research, focusing on maize (corn) genetics, at the Cold Springs Harbor Laboratory in Long Island, New York. Barbara researched the suppression and expression of certain genetic traits from one generation to another and developed theories that linked particular genes to physical traits. Despite resistance from her male colleagues, she persisted with her research, garnering multiple awards. In 1983 Barbara became the first woman to receive an unshared Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.