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The Resource The autobiography of a transgender scientist, Ben Barres [foreword by Nancy Hopkins]

The autobiography of a transgender scientist, Ben Barres [foreword by Nancy Hopkins]

Label
The autobiography of a transgender scientist
Title
The autobiography of a transgender scientist
Statement of responsibility
Ben Barres [foreword by Nancy Hopkins]
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Ben Barres was known for his groundbreaking scientific work and for his groundbreaking advocacy for gender equality in science. In this book, completed shortly before his death from pancreatic cancer in December 2017, Barres (born Barbara Barres in 1954) describes a life full of remarkable accomplishments-from his childhood as a precocious math and science whiz to his experiences as a female student at MIT in the 1970s to his female-to-male transition in his forties, to his scientific work and role as teacher and mentor at Stanford. 0Barres recounts his early life-his interest in science, first manifested as a fascination with the mad scientist in Superman; his academic successes; and his gender confusion. Barres felt even as a very young child that he was assigned the wrong gender. After years of being acutely uncomfortable in his own skin, Barres transitioned from female to male. He reports he felt nothing but relief on becoming his true self. He was proud to be a role model for transgender scientists.0As an undergraduate at MIT, Barres experienced discrimination, but it was after transitioning that he realized how differently male and female scientists are treated. He became an advocate for gender equality in science, and later in life responded pointedly to Larry Summers's speculation that women were innately unsuited to be scientists. Privileged white men, Barres writes, "miss the basic point that in the face of negative stereotyping, talented women will not be recognized." At Stanford, Barres made important discoveries about glia, the most numerous cells in the brain, and he describes some of his work. "The most rewarding part of his job," however, was mentoring young scientists. That, and his advocacy for women and transgender scientists, ensures his legacy
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 612.8092
  • B
Index
index present
LC call number
QP353.4.B37
LC item number
A3 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
WZ 100
Label
The autobiography of a transgender scientist, Ben Barres [foreword by Nancy Hopkins]
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1031041198
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
xviii, 142 pages
Isbn
9780262039116
Lccn
2018011624
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1031041198
  • (OCoLC)1031041198
Label
The autobiography of a transgender scientist, Ben Barres [foreword by Nancy Hopkins]
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1031041198
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
xviii, 142 pages
Isbn
9780262039116
Lccn
2018011624
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1031041198
  • (OCoLC)1031041198

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