Joshua Lederberg - Quotes

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All of civility depends on being able to contain the rage of individuals. ---->>>

Being successful at a very young age gave me the confidence and the capability to try out other things. ---->>>

I believe I am a person with unusual talents. I think I'd be a liar or stupid if I were to deny that. ---->>>

I wish I had a talent for dropping things as well as taking on new ones. It gets to be quite a clutter after a while. ---->>>

I was reading five or six years ahead of my grade during public school. I was pretty bored. I made a contract with some of my teachers that if I didn't ask too many questions, I could work in the back of the room. ---->>>

I have many shortcomings. I feel very lucky to have been able to have what I've had. ---->>>

I think we have to believe we are here for some purpose, and I know there are many cynics who will deny it, but they don't live as if they deny it. ---->>>

Life's a hobby. ---->>>

I got my Nobel Prize for my lab work. ---->>>

I'd like to put in a vote for the intrinsic fascination of science. ---->>>

If you wanted to dissect the structure of living cells, genetic analysis was an extremely powerful method, so my interest turned to that. ---->>>

By the time I was 12 or 13, I was studying biochemistry textbooks. ---->>>

I certainly saw science as a kind of calling, and one with as much legitimacy as a religious calling. ---->>>

I get curious about new things. My real strength is going into a field that has not been investigated before, and finding new approaches to it. ---->>>

I hope I've lived a life of science whose style will encourage younger people. ---->>>

I'm not easily inhibited by the fact that I don't know something about a subject. It doesn't stop me from dabbling in it. ---->>>

If it takes you 20 or 25 years to establish yourself in one field, you really ought to be careful not to stray too far. ---->>>

To have the recognition of your colleagues is great. The public attention is a mixed blessing. ---->>>

Try hard to find out what you're good at and what your passions are, and where the two converge, and build your life around that. ---->>>

We are all very individual. You have to find out what you can do best, and be self-conscious about that. ---->>>

I started on the use of the Internet for scientific communication. Our research group was one of the very first to make really systematic use of it as a way of managing research projects. ---->>>

If we have isolated individuals able to inflict enormous harm, imagine what a single lunatic can do with a nuclear weapon. I think the whole base of civil society is at risk. ---->>>

If you want to solve very complex problems, you will have to end up letting machines work out a lot of the details for themselves, and in ways that we don't understand what they are doing. ---->>>

I'm chairing a UNESCO committee on how to improve global Internet communications for science; help third-world people get onto the Net so they can be part of the process. ---->>>

Although I am a public figure, I'm still a little shy. I don't think my own personality is important. I prefer to keep some small dosage of privacy. ---->>>

If lifespan jumps by 30 or 40 years, that has enormous implications. ---->>>

A Swedish newspaper reporter called and said, You've been awarded the Prize. I was quite sure it was a practical joke. ---->>>

As soon as you go into any biological process in any real detail, you discover it's open-ended in terms of what needs to be found out about it. ---->>>

Everybody has to learn for the first time. ---->>>

I don't believe anybody can really grasp everything that's even in one textbook. ---->>>

My ambitions were already very clearly fixed by the time I was 6 or 7. ---->>>

So many of the things I've predicted were technologies that were just sitting right in front of us. ---->>>

I did get a very fine education, and not just in science. It took some pressure on the part of my elders to convince me that I really should take an interest in humanities.

I did get a very fine education, and not just in science. It took some pressure on the part of my elders to convince me that I really should take an interest in humanities.

I was making a lot of momentous personal decisions. I was still very very young: when the prize was awarded, I was 33; the work I had done when I was 21. ---->>>

When I was in high school, I became interested in cytochemistry: chemical analysis under the microscope, and trying to understand the composition of cells. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 05-23, 1925
Birthplace:
Die: 02-02, 2008
Occupation: Scientist
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Joshua Lederberg, ForMemRS (May 23, 1925 – February 2, 2008) was an American molecular biologist known for his work in microbial genetics, artificial intelligence, and the United States space program. He was 33 years old when he won the 1958 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering that bacteria can mate and exchange genes (bacterial conjugation) (wikipedia)