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Born: 1925-05-23
Profession: Scientist
Nation: American
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Try hard to find out what you're good at and what your passions are, and where the two converge, and build your life around that.

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We are all very individual. You have to find out what you can do best, and be self-conscious about that.

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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 that I really should take an interest in humanities.

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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 of it as a way of managing research projects.

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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 had done when I was 21.

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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 my teachers that if I didn't ask too many questions, I could work in the back of the room.

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I'm chairing a UNESCO committee on how to improve global Internet communications for science; help third-world people get onto the Net so they can be part of the process.

Tags: Help, Process, Science

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 base of civil society is at risk.

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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, and in ways that we don't understand what they are doing.

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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.

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All of civility depends on being able to contain the rage of individuals.

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Although I am a public figure, I'm still a little shy. I don't think my own personality is important. I prefer to keep some small dosage of privacy.

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I have many shortcomings. I feel very lucky to have been able to have what I've had.

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I believe I am a person with unusual talents. I think I'd be a liar or stupid if I were to deny that.

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Being successful at a very young age gave me the confidence and the capability to try out other things.

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Life's a hobby.

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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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As soon as you go into any biological process in any real detail, you discover it's open-ended in terms of what needs to be found out about it.

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By the time I was 12 or 13, I was studying biochemistry textbooks.

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Everybody has to learn for the first time.

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I certainly saw science as a kind of calling, and one with as much legitimacy as a religious calling.

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I don't believe anybody can really grasp everything that's even in one textbook.

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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 it.

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I got my Nobel Prize for my lab work.

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I hope I've lived a life of science whose style will encourage younger people.

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I think we have to believe we are here for some purpose, and I know there are many cynics who will deny it, but they don't live as if they deny it.

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I wish I had a talent for dropping things as well as taking on new ones. It gets to be quite a clutter after a while.

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I'd like to put in a vote for the intrinsic fascination of science.

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I'm not easily inhibited by the fact that I don't know something about a subject. It doesn't stop me from dabbling in it.

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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.

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If lifespan jumps by 30 or 40 years, that has enormous implications.

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If you wanted to dissect the structure of living cells, genetic analysis was an extremely powerful method, so my interest turned to that.

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My ambitions were already very clearly fixed by the time I was 6 or 7.

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So many of the things I've predicted were technologies that were just sitting right in front of us.

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To have the recognition of your colleagues is great. The public attention is a mixed blessing.

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