Saturday, October 20, 2012

On October 20

On this day in ...
... 1942 (70 years ago today), Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard (left) was born in Magdeburg, Germany. After trying studies in various sciences at the University of Frankfurt, she shifted to the University of Tübingen, where she embarked on a career that would lead to her receipt, along with 2 male researchers, of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, "for their discoveries concerning 'the genetic control of early embryonic development.'" Her own account of her life, written for the Nobel event, is here. Nüsslein-Volhard is among only 10 women so honored; only one has received an unshared prize in the field. Data to ponder this year, when no women won in any category.

(Prior October 20 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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