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