Paul Nurse Quotes


31 Paul Nurse quotes:



"I was by far the youngest of the family, and at times it was like being an only child."
"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."
"Scientific understanding is often beautiful, a profoundly aesthetic experience which gives pleasure not unlike the reading of a great poem."
"This meant that when I left school I had to work as a technician in a microbiological laboratory associated with the local Guinness brewery."
"This possibility bothered me as I thought it was not advisable to remain in one academic environment, and the long dark winters in Edinburgh could be rather dismal."
"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."
"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 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."
"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."
"Therefore, I reasoned that study of the cell cycle responsible for the reproduction of cells was important and might even be illuminating about the nature of life."
"At age 11 in 1960, I moved to an academic state secondary school, Harrow County Grammar School for Boys."
"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."
"My parents were neither wealthy nor academic, but we lived comfortably and they were always extremely supportive of my academic efforts and aspirations, both at school and university."
"This progress in the molecular analysis of the cell cycle led to more interest being taken in my work and as a consequence to greater competition."
"I am still a keen mountain walker and an enthusiastic glider pilot."
"I have an idealistic view of science as a liberalising and progressive force for humanity."
"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."



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