Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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This video is a fascinating look at Paul Nurse’s personal history .. Nurse, who is a biochemist, Knight, 2001 Nobel Prize Winner and President of Rockefeller University in NYC, reveals how, after 58 years, he finally learned the truth of his own family history. As a boy, Nurse always felt “a little bit different” from the rest of his family. His parents and siblings all left school at age 15 while he excelled at academics and pursued higher education. In his 30s, Nurse’s mother confided in him that both she and Nurse’s father were “illegitimate” — born out of wedlock to unknown fathers. A shocking revelation, but it didn’t really explain why he was the oddball in the family. [10:08]


  1. #1 anonymous
    June 20, 2009

    Did you not listen to the last 5 minutes of the video?!? It goes on to explain that his real father is unknown and his real mother is the woman who he thought was his sister. Hence this explains his oddball/academic success.

  2. #2 "GrrlScientist"
    June 20, 2009

    anonymous — of course i listened to the video, but i am not posting spoilers above the jump.

  3. #3 Peter Lund
    June 21, 2009

    Thanks. Must have been a bit of a surprise — and at the same time made everything fall into place.

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