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When I was in high school, I became interested in cytochemistry: chemical analysis under the microscope, and trying to understand the composition of cells.
If you want to solve very complex problems, you will have to end up letting machines work out a lot of the details for themselves,…
If we have isolated individuals able to inflict enormous harm, imagine what a single lunatic can do with a nuclear weapon. I think the whole…
I was reading five or six years ahead of my grade during public school. I was pretty bored. I made a contract with some of…
I was making a lot of momentous personal decisions. I was still very very young: when the prize was awarded, I was 33; the work…
I started on the use of the Internet for scientific communication. Our research group was one of the very first to make really systematic use…
We are all very individual. You have to find out what you can do best, and be self-conscious about that.
I did get a very fine education, and not just in science. It took some pressure on the part of my elders to convince me…
To have the recognition of your colleagues is great. The public attention is a mixed blessing.
My ambitions were already very clearly fixed by the time I was 6 or 7.
If lifespan jumps by 30 or 40 years, that has enormous implications.
If it takes you 20 or 25 years to establish yourself in one field, you really ought to be careful not to stray too far.
I got my Nobel Prize for my lab work.
I’d like to put in a vote for the intrinsic fascination of science.
I get curious about new things. My real strength is going into a field that has not been investigated before, and finding new approaches to…
I don’t believe anybody can really grasp everything that’s even in one textbook.
I certainly saw science as a kind of calling, and one with as much legitimacy as a religious calling.
By the time I was 12 or 13, I was studying biochemistry textbooks.
Everybody has to learn for the first time.
A Swedish newspaper reporter called and said, You’ve been awarded the Prize. I was quite sure it was a practical joke.
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