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Joshua Lederberg
May 23, 1925 - February 2, 2008
Nationality: American
Category: Scientist
Subcategory: American Scientist

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.


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


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


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


I got my Nobel Prize for my lab work.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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


Everybody has to learn for the first time.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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


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