I chose to research Seymour Kety as my male comparison or counterpart to my previously researched female scientist Nancy Wexler. Seymour Kety is an American neuroscientist who has exceptional influence in regards to schizophrenia on a genetic level. I chose to research him in comparison to Nancy for several reasons. First, they both lived in a vaguely close time period, he being born in 1915 and she being born in 1945. In addition, both were largely linked to the field of genetics. Kety made breakthroughs in the regards to genetic links and factors of the mental disease schizophrenia. Wexler made giant leaps in regards to Huntington’s genetic cause. Lastly, both scientists were highly successful in their fields, both even becoming heads of major establishments, Kety being the director of the National Institutes of Mental Health and Wexler being the director of the Hereditary Disease Foundation.
Both scientists share striking similarities, but also major differences in their lives. Both scientists went to upstanding colleges, Nancy went to Harvard University’s Radcliffe College and later on the University of Michigan, while Kety attended the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, both found fulfillment in research, Wexler went on to research the disease that profoundly affected her personal life, while Kety research cerebral circulation and genetic links to schizophrenia. Moreover, both became directors of influential institutions(as previously stated above), and both received the Albert Lasker award. These scientists also share a number of differences as well. While Kety married, Wexler never has. In addition, Kety did not possess the personal connection that Wexler had to her work and research.
As for the role of gender influencing the discrepancies among these two scientists, I do not believe that it played a crucial role. Wexler and Kety both have led highly successful lives in their given career paths. I believe that what defined their differences most of all was not the difference of gender, but of the personal connection Wexler has to her work and research. Wexler’s career path has been carved not so much by her gender, but by the disease that affected her family so deeply.