Linda B. Buck
Linda B. Buck, Biologist. A member of the faculty of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, she was awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her work on olfactory receptors.
"I devote most of my time to it. But, you know, that’s my choice, but I think that … I feel very fortunate to be a scientist, because I think it is something that … I feel very lucky to be able to spend my time doing something that I love to do. Not everyone has that opportunity.”
"What I always tell my students is that it’s important to do something, to study something that fascinates you. Pick a problem that you’re extremely interested in. That sounds kind of simplistic maybe, but it’s not, because you don’t want to just do a problem because it’s easy to solve, you want to do something that you’re obsessed with, that you just have to understand, because that’s where the joy comes from, and that also, I think, is where the great discoveries come from, for people are really trying to try to figure out things that they don’t understand. And they don’t necessarily know how to do it, but they try very hard and then they succeed."
Nobel Prize, Photograph via Academy of Achievement