Recommended for you
chid0's avatar
Barbara McClintock
33 27 3K (1 Today)
By chid0   |   Watch
Published: July 20, 2011
© 2011 - 2019 chid0
For the contest "Celebrating the Heroes of Science" organized by :icondomain-of-darwin:, my choice of who I want to portray was very straightforward.

Barbara McClintock, who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1983 for her discovery of transposable genetic elements. The remarkable thing about her discovery is among other things the fact that she did so as early as the 1940's. Way before anyone had an idea about molecular structure of DNA. Genetics was an obscure and unfashionable field at that time. Noone really believed her. Until all those famous others like Morgan, Watson, Crick, Pauling etc. made their discoveries - and her work was reestablished.

But there is another reason why I chose her, one that is even more important for me. Howard Green, a colleague, wrote this about her after she died in 1992:

"Barbara McClintock was a woman who rejected a woman's life for herself. She began to do it as a small child and never deviated. Her childhood was not a happy one, and perhaps this provided the force, the moral tension that was so strong in her and so necessary for the life she lived. And we must not forget that at the foundation of every creative life there lies a sense of personal inadequacy that energizes the struggle. This sense was strong in Barbara."

She is a big inspiration for me on my continuing struggle to become a geneticist myself.
Image size
746x1033px 1.28 MB
Recommended for you
Comments27
anonymous's avatar
Join the community to add your comment. Already a deviant? Sign In
tallbinch's avatar
Hi, I LOVE McClintock, she's such an inspiration and, as a budding geneticist myself, she's one of my biggest idols. I'd love to get large print of this. How would I go about that?  I'm not on deviantart often; my e-mail is b0o0briggy at gmail
chid0's avatar
chid0Hobbyist
Hi, she inspired me greatly and I still look up to her as what I want to strive towards as a scientist. I enabled the option to order prints of the image, it should now be listed as "available as print" on the right side of the image. Let me know if it for whatever reason doesn't work for you and we can work something out! Thank you for your appreciation.
Spok87's avatar
It is such a beautiful piece of art.
I want to ask your permission to use this in an exposition for the International Day of Woman and Girl in Science that we are preparing at the University where I work. We celebrate this day on February 11, but we are organizing the activity on February 8, so I will really happy if you allow us to use your illustration on that day. I want to know how to make visible the credit for your art.
Hugs,
Andrea
chid0's avatar
chid0Hobbyist
Hi, feel free to use it! Just add my name as author (Radka Haneckova) and if you have room, link to my deviantart profile ^^
I hope your celebrations will go well, women in science need more recognition!
suruchipach's avatar
Its a beautiful illustration.. really wonderful. Can you please inform me of the formal procedure to request permission to use the image for academic purpose please.

Best regards.
Suruchi
chid0's avatar
chid0Hobbyist
Hi! I usually have no problem to grant permission to use my artwork for non-profit purposes (so academic is fine). I would require a more detailed information what it will be used for and I want to be visibly credited as the author. So if you are willing to provide me with more information regarding the use and would credit me as the author, I will consider it.
atorife's avatar
atorifeHobbyist Traditional Artist
Krásné ^^ ty kontrastní barvy.. nejvíce se mi líbí ten obličej, je krásně vystínovaný a detailní :meow:
chid0's avatar
chid0Hobbyist
dekuju ^^ delala jsem ji podle fotografie, ale ja moc portrety neumim - stesti ze se podoba :D
chid0's avatar
chid0Hobbyist
thanks :)
Solaces's avatar
I had to log in just to fave this or I would have surely forgotten.
Wonderful tribute to a wonderful woman.:heart:
chid0's avatar
chid0Hobbyist
She's a great inspiration for me! Determined to follow her goal and at the same time a humble and wonderful person.
Seleenee's avatar
SeleeneeHobbyist Traditional Artist
faving because of strong idea of the author
chid0's avatar
chid0Hobbyist
thank you!
KaitoAozora's avatar
Wonderful and inspiring :) Also a beautiful picture, although it does look a bit like a photograph with a filter on. So, really, the only problem is that it's too realistic...
chid0's avatar
chid0Hobbyist
I used my favourite picture of her as reference: [link] but I think I didn't succeed much. somehow I managed to make her look manlier XD
KaitoAozora's avatar
Really? I don't think she looks manly... but then, I'm routinely mistaken for male myself, so I maybe shouldn't judge :XD: It's an excellent likeness, I think.
shippo752's avatar
lol genetic gene center, fail XD
shippo752's avatar
ahh cool! I work at a plant genetic gene center and i see her name everywhere. i had no idea how much of an impact she made in the field of genetics. thanks for sharing!
chid0's avatar
chid0Hobbyist
how awesome. I want to work someplace like that too. she gets a bit overlooked, she was a very humble person, that's one of the reasons I chose her :)
cjtremlett's avatar
Lovely picture, and a wonderful comment. I'd heard her name, but really knew nothing much about her before.
magpie-poet's avatar
Oh! Beautifully done and a great choice.

Good luck with both the contest and your work :)
chid0's avatar
chid0Hobbyist
thanks a lot ^^ I didn't even do much choosing, when I discovered the contest all that came to my mind was "oh how cool! i get to draw McClintock for a reason!" XD
anonymous's avatar
Join the community to add your comment. Already a deviant? Sign In
©2019 DeviantArt
All Rights reserved