Paul Nurse Quotes

31 Paul Nurse quotes:

"A key issue in developmental biology at that time was the problem of how cells underwent differentiation, with most workers concentrating on explanations in terms of changes in enzyme and gene regulation."
"After an extensive interview he arranged for my weaknesses in foreign languages to be over-looked and so I started a Biology degree at Birmingham in 1967."
"At age 11 in 1960, I moved to an academic state secondary school, Harrow County Grammar School for Boys."
"At the end of the 1980s as a complete surprise my old Edinburgh friend, Ed Southern offered me the Chair of Microbiology at the University of Oxford."
"Better understanding of the natural world not only enhances all of us as human beings, but can also be harnessed for the better good, leading to improved health and quality of life."
"During the winter my attention was attracted to the changes in the stars and planets in the sky."
"I am still a keen mountain walker and an enthusiastic glider pilot."
"I decided that the University of Sussex in Brighton was a good place for this work because it had a strong tradition in bacterial molecular genetics and an excellent reputation in biology."
"I enjoyed my time at primary school because my teachers made the world seem such an interesting place and encouraged my innate curiosity."
"I felt strongly that since the pursuit of good science was so difficult it was essential that the problem being studied was an important one to justify the effort expanded."
"I had a great time investigating the pigments of different mutant fruit flies by following experimental protocols published in Scientific American, and I also remember making my own beetle collection when it was still acceptable to make such collections."
"I have an idealistic view of science as a liberalising and progressive force for humanity."
"I think it was this curiosity about the natural world which awoke my early interest in science."
"I was by far the youngest of the family, and at times it was like being an only child."
"I was never very good at exams, having a poor memory and finding the examination process rather artificial, and there never seemed to be enough time to follow up things that really interested me."
"In fact I am very much an experimentalist and an empiricist, so it would have been a major mistake for me to have abandoned this type of work."
"It has been a privilege to pursue knowledge for its own sake and to see how it might help mankind in more practical ways."
"It was now 1980 and Anne and myself had two little children Sarah and Emily, and we were wondering whether to stay permanently in Edinburgh."
"Like many students, I found the drudgery of real experiments and the slowness of progress a complete shock, and at my low points I contemplated other alternative careers including study of the philosophy or sociology of science."
"My 6 years with Murdoch were pivotal for my entire research career."

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