Elizabeth Blackburn,

Elizabeth Blackburn,

Elizabeth Blackburn, Nobel Laureate and current President of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. She is their first female president. 

"I recall visiting the home of friends, and a man who was present asked me what I wanted to do one day. I said, 'I’m going to be a scientist.' And he said, 'What’s a nice girl like you doing going into science?' I was shocked and so mad that I didn’t know what to say in response. So I kept my mouth shut, but I was all the more determined. In a way, I’m quite grateful to that man, because he made me realize that science was something I really wanted to do and that nobody was going to deflect me."

"Biology is very complex, and it requires different depths of thought. If you cut out 50% of the world’s minds from the problems of science, then you’re losing a huge resource. You don’t solve complex problems nearly as well..."

"When somebody like me can be visible as a Nobel laureate, it says, Look, there is such a possibility. There are only eight living women who have Nobel Prizes in the sciences, and I think we ought to be seen. If you’re a young scientist and the Nobel laureates all look the same, you kind of get the sense that, Well, that’s not something I can see myself as. Being visible is important.”

Interview via Time, Photo via SFCitizen

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