If I were to take an undergraduate chemistry exam, I would probably fail.
I think it's important to give young people the freedom to follow their ideas and pursue their interests.
Even the best scientists are often insecure and feel the need for recognition.
I am still the same person doing the same science. Why are people so impressed when some academy in Sweden gives an award?
I began studying ribosomes as a postdoctoral fellow in Peter Moore's laboratory in 1978.
I cannot imagine a more enjoyable place to work than in the Laboratory of Molecular Biology where I work.
I think it is a mistake to judge science by Nobel Prizes.
I was born in 1952 in Chidambaram, an ancient temple town in Tamil Nadu best known for its temple of Nataraja, the lord of dance.
It's not about where you were born or where you come from that makes you a good scientist. What you need are good teachers, co-students, facilities.
Nobody has approached me about an offer to work in India. However, I can categorically state that if they did so, I would refuse immediately.
People go into science out of curiosity, not to win awards. But scientists are human and have ambitions.
Science is an international enterprise where discoveries in one part of the world are useful in other parts.
Science is curiosity, testing and experimenting.
Science today is a highly collaborative exercise, and to convert it into a contest, as the Nobel does, is a bad way to look at science.
There is no magical formula for winning a Nobel Prize.
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