Robert Martiennsen on Barbara McClintock’s Death
  Robert Martiennsen     Biography    
Recorded: 20 Feb 2001

I was extremely fortunate to be here when I was—absolutely, and I was very sad when she died. I mean, that was really, everyone here was very sad about it obviously. And you know, really right up to the last few months that she was alive, she was really right on top of everything. She was sick at the end, definitely, but she was still a really engaging intellect right to the end—exciting person to be around.

Rob Martienssen is a plant molecular geneticist and professor at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University in 1986 and did postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley.

As a young scientist, he worked closely with Barbara McClintock. He currently studies plant epigenetics and development using functional genomics. He was awarded the Kumho International Science Award in Plant Biology and Biotechnology (2001).