Clint is Hope Jahren’s husband, a mathematician who also works at the University of Hawaii. The two met at a party in Baltimore, while Jahren was working at Johns Hopkins University. After they got married, they returned to Baltimore, where Jahren introduced Clint to Bill, the other important man in her life. Although Bill had met many of Jahren’s boyfriends in the past, he had never taken much interest in them; he was hesitant to accept Clint, but when Clint offered to let him drive to Fort McHenry, Bill relented. Jahren, Bill, and Clint attended Family Day, symbolizing the unconventional family relationship they would develop over time. Clint is portrayed as balanced and thoughtful, and very loyal to Jahren. When Jahren is pregnant with their son, her department chair decides that Jahren cannot be present in her own lab, deeming her a liability. Instead of relaying this message himself, the chair sends Clint—who is a math professor at the university—to speak with Jahren, who is understandably upset. But unlike Jahren, Clint does not raise his voice or fight the chair’s decision; instead, when the time is right, he and Jahren quit their jobs at Johns Hopkins and take up positions at the University of Hawaii, where the find their colleagues more understanding and inclusive. Throughout the last third of Jahren’s memoir, Clint is a constant background presence, keeping his wife balanced and grounded.
Clint Quotes in Lab Girl
The Lab Girl quotes below are all either spoken by Clint or refer to Clint. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Knopf edition of Lab Girl published in 2016.).
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I discover within a second context that when something just won’t work, moving heaven and earth often won’t make it work—and similarly, there are some things that you just can’t screw up.
Clint Character Timeline in Lab Girl
The timeline below shows where the character Clint appears in Lab Girl. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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