Length: 4 hours 47 mins
What is it about : Known for his groundbreaking work for gender equality in science, transgender scientist Barres was born in West Orange, New Jersey, in 1954, and didn’t begin his transition until 1997, years after earning his Bachelor of Science degree from MIT and earning a medical degree. at Dartmouth University. By the time he began his transition, he had dropped out of medical residency to pursue neuroscience research at Harvard Medical School, completed his doctorate in neurobiology, and joined the neurobiology faculty at Stanford School of Medicine. Barres said he was very scared of losing his career and his family upon his exit, and was pleasantly surprised when he encountered no backlash when he began his public transition. He said he feels nothing but relief and pride in representing the transgender community in science.
Having been discriminated against as a woman during his years at MIT, upon transitioning, it immediately dawned on him that he was being treated differently (and better) now that he was moving around the world as a male. He used his experience as a transgender man to become a tireless advocate for gender equality in his field, advocating for more jobs for women in science and, during his time teaching at Stanford, prioritizing mentorship of female students who he knew from experience were often begrudging opportunities. because of their sex. Despite his many accomplishments, Barres always insisted that the most rewarding part of his job was mentoring young scientists.
Barres has done a lot for the scientific community by recognizing the importance of trans visibility at a time when it was rare, while acknowledging that her differences and strengths were one and the same. This autobiography explores the impact Barres had on both the scientific community and gender equality.