Opportunities for women in early genetics
Nature Reviews Genetic adidas flux s 8, 897 902 (November 2007)Nora Darwin (daughter of Horace Darwin and granddaughter of Charles Darwin) studied botany at Cambridge and was a student of William Bateson’s 1906 course on ‘variation and heredity’, which he first named ‘genetics’ the same year (her notebook with lecture notes is in the Cambridge University Library). She later recalled this experience: ”My first introduction to the whole subject [of genetics] . was when William Bateson was giving what we called his Bible Class, in a remote lecture room, in the back of one of the colleges. It was outside the ordinary curriculum. It was a five or six o’clock lecture. And there he introduced a small set of people into the elements of th adidas flux e new Genetics. Mendelism was just coming in . He was a brilliant l adidas flux ecturer and, of course, he had an entirely new view of ordinary heredity . It was very inspiring indeed.”55 Following her marriage to Alan Barlow in 1911 and even after the birth of her six children (1912 Nora Barlow continued to study the genetics of trimorphic species, visiting the John Innes Institute each summer until 1926 to examine the flowers that were grown for her there, and publishing the results of her work. She was among the founders of the Genetical Society in 1919 and attended its meetings regularly. She also went to meetings of the Genetics Society, and kept up with genetical friends such as R. A. Fisher in fact we had at least one dog that was the result of one of his genetical experiments. But I don’t think any of this resulted in any publications on genetics” (personal communication). At her memorial service in 1989, Alex Pankhurst recognized her scientific interests: “Nora studied genetics at Cambridge, and remained fascinated by the subject. From early on she tried her hand at hybridizing various flowers, including aquilegias her experiments indicated by little muslin bags over the flower heads. On one occasion, however, she unwisely showed her children how to break off an adidas flux aquilegias spur and suck out the honey. Thereafter quite a few of her experiments were tampered with.”56 Today, Nora Barlow is best remembered for her pioneering editing of her grandfather’s scientific and autobiographical works. Reproduced with permission from Ref. 56 (1992) Cambridge Desktop Bureau.