‘The Guardian’ is a UK newspaper, the online version of which I try to dip into every day. This headline, unsurprisingly, really caught my attention, about the UK joint-winner of the Nobel prize for medicine, “Nobel prize won by Briton written off in his teens by a science teacher.” The article says, “According to a school report, as a teenager Gurdon did not stand out as a budding scientist. Writing in 2006, he quoted the report from his biology teacher. “I believe Gurdon has ideas about becoming a scientist; on his present showing this is quite ridiculous; if he can’t learn simple biological facts, he would have no chance of doing the work of a specialist, and it would be a sheer waste of time, both on his part and of those who would have to teach him.”
I would love to know how Gurdon managed to keep his dream alive. Was it his parents or an inner burning fire that nobody could put out? This would put him in good stead because apparently he made his first discoveries, that ultimately led to the prize, back in the 1962 and nobody believed him. Yet, that didn’t stop him. I love this story! I wish I could talk to the man and hear his advice about following your dream, not matter what!