genetic engineer n.

a scientist who works in the field of genetic engineering n.

  • 1954 P. Anderson Big Rain in Astounding Science Fiction Oct. 22/2 page image Poul Anderson bibliography

    Meanwhile giant pulverizers were reducing barren stone and sand to fine particles which would be mixed with fertilizers to yield soil; and the genetic engineers were evolving still other strains of life which could provide a balanced ecology; and the water units were under construction.

  • 1962 T. Purdom Warriors in Amazing Stories June 45/1 page image Tom Purdom bibliography

    ‘No wonder you like your work,’ Lauchstein, the genetic engineer shouted. The other scientists didn’t act so enthusiastic.

  • 1987 R. Bretnor Nobelist Schimmelhorn in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction May 92/1 page image Reginald Bretnor bibliography

    She suddenly had realized that not only could she get rid of him, but also at one bold stroke solve Madame’s frog problem and enhance her own reputation as a genetic engineer.

  • 1993 J. Williamson Litlins in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Dec. 146 page image Jack Williamson bibliography

    He was a genetic engineer, driven by his own wild dream that he could breed mutant plants magical enough to feed the crowded planet.

  • 2016 SciFiNow (#120) 10/2

    He is pursued by a…group of man-animal hybrids, creations of a crazed genetic engineer.

Research requirements

antedating 1954

Earliest cite

Poul Anderson, "Big Rain", in Astounding

Research History
Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a reprint of Poul Anderson's "Big Rain"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1954 original magazine appearance.

Earliest cite in OED2: 1966; updated to the 1954 Anderson quote for OED3.

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