Some Obscure, All Extraordinary: Historical Women in Science Honored

Another scientist featured in the show is a local: Brooklyn-raised Barbara McClintock, “a square peg in a round hole,” as Ruben described her. At Cornell University in the 1920s, McClintock “learns Yiddish — don’t ask me why — plays guitars, is kind of a hippie of the day,” Ruben said. But then, she finds her place in the school’s agricultural department, where she becomes interested in Indian corn, Ruben explained.

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