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It's nice to be able to look at one protein, but life is driven by the interactions between proteins, so it's really essential to be able to see multiple proteins at a time to understand these interactions. ---->>>

Chemistry was always my weakest subject in high school and college. ---->>>

Every new invention is like a baby. You think it may cure cancer or become the president, but in the end, you're happy it just stays out of jail. ---->>>

I don't like saying 'no' to people, and I'm going to have to learn how to say 'no' more. ---->>>

I hate driving a bandwagon. ---->>>

I missed the basic curiosity of being in the lab. ---->>>

I really didn't like the academic structure of science, but I realized I loved science and missed science. ---->>>

I'm spoiled. All of my adult jobs have left me with complete freedom to come up with what I wanted. ---->>>

In essence, we're imaging the same cell for anywhere from forty to a hundred thousand times to create one of the movies that we see. ---->>>

It always irritated me that people think they have to be locked into a career path. ---->>>

It takes a huge amount of effort to move from a successful high-tech prototype to broader adoption of an imaging technology. ---->>>

One thing I liked about being in microscopy is it gets you out of your box constantly because there's such a diverse range of applications. ---->>>

Science goes through fads, and there are big ups and crashes. ---->>>

There are many cells you could look at forever in 3D. ---->>>

There's always something that an engineer can do to make microscopes better. ---->>>

We can track and see the production of single molecules, trace them and see how they assemble into structures. ---->>>

What was shocking to us was that by spreading the energy out across seven beams instead of one, the phototoxicity went way down. ---->>>

You get so tied up with the minutiae of the day-to-day, there's never a chance to sit back and let your subconscious run wild. ---->>>

You need a continuous picture of how things are evolving, and not a slow series of snapshots where you don't know how frame A is related to frame B. ---->>>

Frankly, I guess, I don't really understand why people, why so many people, are so risk averse. You know, there's always ways to wiggle your way out of any situation if you're motivated enough. ---->>>

Honestly, I feel you are poisoned if you read too much of the scientific literature because it makes you start thinking like other people. You're better off having a vague sense of what's going on and making your own way. ---->>>

I was born in 1960 and can still tell you the name of every astronaut from Mercury to Apollo. If I had a chance, I'd love to go into space on one of the privately developed space crafts. ---->>>

In my opinion, the only real asset one has is one's reputation, right? I mean, any company and institution can go belly up at any time. But if you have a good reputation, you know, you can usually find somebody who can - who thinks they can use what you have to offer. ---->>>

Like you can't have a car that can take the kids to schools on Friday and win the grand prix on Saturday, you can't make a microscope that can do it all. ---->>>

Sometimes I make an analogy that each scientific paper is like putting out another record. And some people have careers that are nothing but a one-hit wonder. And then there are people who are only appreciated by aficionados but largely forgotten by the wider community. ---->>>

The eventual goal is to marry all of my work together to make a high-speed, high-resolution, low-impact tool that can look deep inside biological systems. ---->>>

The question was, 'Is there a way of minimizing the amount of damage you're doing so that you can then study cells in a physiological manner while also studying them at high spatial and temporal resolution for a long time?' ---->>>

When I listen to music from different eras, I sense different things. The 1940s music, there's so much optimism and romance, maybe because they just solved the biggest problem on Earth at that time - World War II. In the 1960s, there was so much creativity and innovation in sound. ---->>>

Biography

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Nationality: American
Born: 01-13, 1960
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Occupation: Physicist
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Robert Eric Betzig (born January 13, 1960) is an American physicist based at the Janelia Farm Research Campus in Ashburn, Virginia. He has worked to develop the field of fluorescence microscopy and photoactivated localization microscopy. He was awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for "the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy" along with Stefan Hell and fellow Cornell alumnus William E (wikipedia)