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A Feeling for the Organism, 10th Aniversary Edition

The Life and Work of Barbara McClintock

Evelyn Fox Keller


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For much of her life she worked alone, brilliant but eccentric, with ideas that made little sense to her colleagues. Yet before DNA and the molecular revolution, Barbara McClintock's tireless analysis of corn led her to uncover some of the deepest, most intricate secrets of genetic organization. Nearly forty years later, her insights would bring her a MacArthur Foundation grant, the Nobel Prize, and long overdue recognition. At her recent death at age 90, she was widely acknowledged as one of the most significant figures in 20th-century science.

Evelyn Fox Keller's acclaimed biography, A Feeling for the Organism, gives us the full story of McClintock's pioneering—although sometimes professionally difficult—career in cytology and genetics. The book now appears in a special edition marking the 10th anniversary of its original publication.

Praise For A Feeling for the Organism, 10th Aniversary Edition: The Life and Work of Barbara McClintock

“A welcome and useful addition to the growing literature on the recent history of biology and women's achievements in science.” —The New York Times

Times Books, 9780805074581, 272pp.

Publication Date: February 15, 1984

About the Author

Evelyn Fox Keller is Professor of History and Philosophy in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at M.I.T.