Janet Rowley

National Portrait Gallery

Janet Rowley

Artist
Jon R. Friedman, born 1947
Sitter
Janet Rowley, 5 Apr 1925 - 17 Dec 2013
Exhibition Label
Born New York City
Called “the matriarch in modern cancer genetics,” Dr. Janet Rowley was only one of six women in her graduating class at the University of Chicago medical school in 1948—an institution to which she returned as a full professor nearly thirty years later. After examining DNA replication of chromosomes throughout the 1960s—a period when the field was still developing—she observed that acute myeloid leukemia patients shared two specific chromosomes that had broken off and exchanged ends, what is now known as blood cancer chromosomal translocation. In recognition of this landmark discovery, Rowley was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1999, followed by the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
In preparation for creating Rowley's portrait, Jon Friedman made this oil sketch during an initial sitting. Rather than showcasing her scientific acumen during these sessions, Rowley presented herself informally, in a sunlit profile and smiling.
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the artist
2012
Object number
NPG.2013.10
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Type
Drawing
Medium
Oil on gessoed paper
Dimensions
Sheet: 77 × 56.8 cm (30 5/16 × 22 3/8")
National Portrait Gallery
Topic
Janet Rowley: Female
Janet Rowley: Health and Medicine\Physician
Janet Rowley: Education\Educator\Professor
Janet Rowley: Science and Technology\Scientist\Biologist\Geneticist
Janet Rowley: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Portrait
Record ID
npg_NPG.2013.10
GUID (Link to Original Record)
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4b9460f42-6394-4f6c-9c2b-a4bd644745d7