The Lindau Nobel laureate meeting
Nobel laureates met and advise the next generation of researchers.
Good science requires inspiration, discipline, and hard work; winning a major prize for that work also requires good timing and luck, a panel of Nobel prize winners told the students and postdoctorates at the 60th Nobel laureate meeting in Lindau, Germany (27 June to 2 July 2010).
But the recipient of the 2007 Nobel prize for physiology or medicine had a bit of a contrarian spin to the subject. “I don’t think that you particularly have to work hard, I think you have to play hard,” said Oliver Smithies.
“What I mean by that is, you should choose the field of work that is not work, that you enjoy so much that when you go, let’s say into the laboratory, you go to play. And then you won’t have any difficulty dedicating the amount of time that is necessary to do major achievements.”
Professor Smithies voice still carries the cadence