What happens when a scientist is also a musician? For Barbara McClintock, the combination may have led the way to a Nobel Prize in genetics. Science historian Jocelyn Bosley tells us the story of Barbara’s remarkable life, and how her experience playing banjo in a jazz band (yes) helped her discover “jumping genes.”
This is a very musical episode, with special guest jazz banjoist Mick Sullivan of The Past & The Curious! Check out his awesome history podcast.
MEET BARBARA MCCLINTOCK
Of the 222 Nobel Prize winners for Physiology or Medicine, only 39 were women. Barbara is one of these incredible women! On top of her extraordinary discoveries, other parts Barbara's life are also fascinating.
Barbara challenged scientific beliefs changed the way we understand genetics today. Read up on her incredible gene jumping discovery here.
MEET JOCELYN BOSLEY
Jocelyn shares her own journey to science on her podcast, Science! With Friends
(Note: Science! With Friends is made for an older audience, but is generally kid-appropriate)
Full episode list here.
CHECK OUT THE PAST & THE CURIOUS
Our friend Mick Sullivan generously supplied the banjo in this episode! His history podcast, The Past & The Curious, is one of our all-time favorite shows. Definitely check it out!