Barbara McClintock's Long Postdoc Years

  title={Barbara McClintock's Long Postdoc Years},
  author={Nathaniel Comfort},
  pages={440 - 440}
  • N. Comfort
  • Published 18 January 2002
  • Education
  • Science
The story that Barbara McClintock “didn't find a permanent job until she was 40” (NetWatch, “Mother of the jumping gene,” 23 Nov., p. 1623) is a laboratory legend that, although intended to buoy the spirits of long-term postdocs, might dampen those of junior faculty. In 1935, at the age of 33, McClintock became an assistant professor in botany at the University of Missouri. By 1940, she had become rather wary about academic politics; she seems to have believed she was about to be fired, so she… 
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