Transition and Triumph: A Transgender Scientist’s Story – Undark Magazine

Read article - A review of the posthumously published book, The Autobiography of a Transgender Scientist, by Ben Barres, MED '79. "Having inhabited both gender roles, Barres brings singular perspective to the question of how to create an even playing field for female and transgender scientists," says the reviewer. "Barres' most lasting legacy, however, may be his dedication to truth in an increasingly truth-averse era. Despite fearing he could lose the neuroscience career that had taken him so long to build, Barres decided that presenting as his real self trumped that concern (which, especially in the 1990s, was a significant one). His decision, in the months before his death, to record his struggles and triumphs means he will continue to inspire seekers in uncharted territory — scientific and otherwise."