I think different scientists would give you
different answers about what it takes to be a
scientist, so this is just my answer.
I liked school and learned easily. I also
liked being outdoors in the woods and the fields.
My grandparents taught me the names of plants and
trees. When I was in high school, I liked biology
class. The next year, I took chemistry, and my
chemistry teacher told me I should be a
Biochemist, because that was an exciting new
field. Now, biochemistry is an old field! But I
decided to become a biochemist. I ended up doing
all sorts of science related to biology -
biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology,
biophysics, materials science, and nano-science.
Here's one of the pages in my website:
Some scientists do poorly in school. I think
Albert Einstein is one of those scientists.
Now, biology is so much more difficult than it
was when I was in school. I don't know what I
would think if I took biology as a high school
Here's something I wrote about being a
scientist for an internet series called
Now I am retired, and I love being a retired
scientist. I love reading Science magazine and
looking for articles that might give me new clues
to my ideas about the origins of life.
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