Paul Nurse Quotes


31 Paul Nurse quotes:



"My life-long interest in astronomy started then and I still regularly use a telescope for astronomical observations, although very much as an amateur."
"My main efforts focussed on trying to identify the rate controlling steps during the cell cycle. Crucial for this analysis were wee mutants that were advanced prematurely through the cell cycle and so divided at a reduced cell size."
"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."
"My time as an undergraduate at Birmingham was extremely stimulating both as a biologist and also for my more general intellectual development."
"Scientific understanding is often beautiful, a profoundly aesthetic experience which gives pleasure not unlike the reading of a great poem."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"This time at Birmingham turned me into a general biologist, and ever since then I have always tried to take a biological approach to any research project that I have undertaken."
"My parents were born in Norfolk and spent their early years working in the big houses of that rural English county, my mother as a cook and my father as a handyman and chauffeur."



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