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former chartered engineer and principal research officer at British Maritime Technology and Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering
Innate curiosity
David James
visiting professor of plant biotechnology at the University of Greenwich, emeritus fellow of Horticulture Research International, and pioneer of transgenic fruit breeding
Genetics
Nina Japundžić-Žigon
professor of pharmacology at the University of Belgrade
My interest in science was predefined by my birth, as I was born to and raised by two scientists
Professor Zbigniew Jaworowski
chair of the Scientific Council at the Central Laboratory for Radiological Protection in Warsaw, and former chair of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation
A strong drive for practical activity, and for understanding the world by results of observation and experiment
Professor Jonathan DG Jones
senior scientist at the Sainsbury Laboratory at the John Innes Centre
The Periodic Table of the chemical elements
Dr Boris Kotchoubey
researcher at the Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioral Neurobiology at the University of Tübingen
Science combines the most important ideals of humanity – creativity and rationality
Sir Harold W Kroto
Francis Eppes professor of chemistry at Florida State University in Tallahassee, founder and chair of the Vega Science Trust, and joint recipient of the Nobel Prize in chemistry for the discovery of fullerenes
I decided long ago that I would do as many of the things that interested me as possible, to the best of my ability
Peter Kuhn
life sciences director of the Scripps/Palo Alto Research Centre Institute for Advanced Biomedical Sciences, and associate professor of cell biology at the Scripps Research Institute
My mother is a breast cancer survivor
Dr Fernand Labrie
director of the CHUL Research Centre and head of the Oncology and Molecular Endocrinology Research Centre at Laval University in Québec
The desire to understand how living matter works
Peter Lane
president of the Central Veterinary Society, and veterinary surgeon
Science was in my blood
Paul C Lauterbur
Centre for Advanced Study professor of chemistry, bioengineering, biophysics and computational biology and distinguished university professor of medical information sciences at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and joint recipient of the Nobel Prize in medicine for discoveries concerning magnetic resonance imaging
The world was my inspiration
William Graeme Laver
former professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the John Curtin School of Medical Research at the Australian National University in Canberra
All I ever wanted to do was to work in a laboratory and discover new things
Leon M Lederman
Pritzker professor of science at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, former director of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and joint recipient of the Nobel Prize in physics for his work on elementary particles and forces
Niels Bohr’s opinion of how a hydrogen atom worked, and the measurement of light from an excited hydrogen atom, agreed perfectly
William L Ledger
professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of Sheffield, and head of the Academic Unit of Reproductive and Developmental Medicine
Two inspirational biology teachers
Dr Peggy G Lemaux
cooperative extension specialist in plant biotechnology at the University of California in Berkeley, head of the Lemaux Laboratory, and member of the African Biofortified Sorghum Project
I was fascinated by biology
Gareth Leng
professor of experimental physiology at the Centre for Integrative Physiology at the University of Edinburgh, and former editor-in-chief of the Journal of Neuroendocrinology
One of my university lecturers
Dr Gilbert V Levin
founder of Spherix, developer of Naturlose, and life detection experimenter on the Viking mission to Mars
I became interested in biological wastewater processes
Norman J Levitt
professor of mathematics at Rutgers University in New Jersey
In my community, the default assumption was that the route for a smart kid to take led to medicine or science
Martin Livermore
director of the Scientific Alliance, and principal associate at Ascham Associates
Science teaches us to take a sceptical view of the world, and to look for and examine evidence
Professor Sir Bernard Lovell
founder of the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, recipient of the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, and pioneer of radio astronomy
A series of evening lectures on the electric spark
Dr Mike Ludwig
senior neuroendocrinology lecturer at the Centre for Integrative Physiology at the University of Edinburgh
Curiosity
Jennie Luebke
associate professor of anatomy and neurobiology at Boston University School of Medicine
Several mentors who appreciated my great enthusiasm for science
Dr Mark Lythgoe
director of the Biomedical Imaging Centre at University College London, and neurophysiologist and senior lecturer in radiology and physics at the Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children
I was born to do science