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Born: 1925-10-31
Profession: Scientist
Nation: English
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At the age of 12, I developed an intense interest in mathematics. On exposure to algebra, I was fascinated by simultaneous equations and read ahead of the class to the end of the book.

Tags: Age, Book, End

I abandoned chemistry to concentrate on mathematics and physics. In 1942, I travelled to Cambridge to take the scholarship examination at Trinity College, received an award and entered the university in October 1943.

Tags: Chemistry, College, Physics

I found a discarded textbook on calculus in a wastebasket and read it from cover to cover.

Tags: Cover, Found, Read

I have had many opportunities to visit universities all over the world in the past 50 years.

Tags: Past, Visit

I was a close observer of the developments in molecular biology.

Tags: Biology, Close, Observer

Like many other Laureates, I have benefit immeasurably from the love and support of my wife and children.

Tags: Children, Love, Wife

From an early age I was told that I was expected to do more than continue to run a small business. Education was important and seen as a way of moving forward.

Tags: Age, Business, Education

I am delighted to have had students, friends and colleagues in so many nations and to have learned so much of what I know from them. This Nobel Award honours them all.

Tags: Friends, Learned, Students

I had changed from being a mathematician to a practicing scientist. I was increasingly embarassed that I could no longer follow some of the more modern branches of pure mathematics.

Tags: Follow, Longer, Modern

In the war, most young men were inducted into the armed forces at the age of 17. A group of students was permitted to attend university before taking part in wartime research projects.

Tags: Age, Men, War

Leaving England was a painful decision, and we still have some regrets about it. However, at that time, the research environment for theoretical chemistry was clearly better in the U.S.

Tags: Decision, Leaving, Time

Life with a scientist who is often changing jobs and is frequently away at meetings and on lecture tours is not easy. Without a secure home base, I could not have made much progress.

Tags: Away, Home, Life

Looking through the list of earlier Nobel laureates, I note a large number with whom I became acquainted and with whom I interacted during those years as they passed through Cambridge.

Tags: Large, Looking, Number

On my return to Pittsburgh, I resolved to go back to the fundamental problems of electronic structure that I had contemplated abstractly many years earlier.

Tags: Problems, Return, Structure

Our children were mostly brought up and educated in the Churchill suburb east of Pittsburgh. Each summer, we took them back to England for an extended period.

Tags: Children, Summer, Took
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