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Barbara McClintock

  • There is no question that plants have [all] kinds of sensitivities. They do a lot of responding to their environment. They can do almost anything you can think of. But just because they sit there, anybody walking down the road considers them just a plastic area to look at, [as if] they're not really alive.

    • Barbara McClintock,
    • in Evelyn Fox Keller, A Feeling for the Organism ()
  • [Cells] make wise decisions and act upon them.

    • Barbara McClintock,
    • Nobel Prize acceptance speech, in E.L. Konigsburg, "Starting With a Knob on the Short Arm of Chromosome Nine," The Nobel Prize Annual ()

Barbara McClintock, U.S. cytogeneticist, Nobel winner

(1902 - 1992)