Through this additional support, we must renew our commitment to provide talented young people with the opportunity to build scientific careers based on their curiosity, the same opportunity that was provided to me when I began my work.
Industry now should become a full partner of government in supporting longrange basic research.
Scientists under all forms of government must be able to participate fully in international efforts.
The scientist's inquiry into the causes of things is providing an ever more extensive understanding of nature.
My grandfather on my mother's side was a professor of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; my other grandfather was a lawyer, and one time Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives.
The Nobel award occasions a unique celebration of the vision of science by the public at large. The prestige the prize confers today is largely due to the extraordinary diligence of the Nobel committees.
In consequence, science is more important than ever for industrial technology.
The hardest problems of pure and applied science can only be solved by the open collaboration of the world-wide scientific community.
My father was on the faculty in the Chemistry Department of Harvard University; my mother had one year of graduate work in physics before her marriage.
In 1975 I met Alison Brown and in 1982 we were married. She works for Cornell Computer Services.
My graduate studies were carried out at the California Institute of Technology.
While at Cal Tech I talked a lot with Jon Mathews, then a junior faculty member; he taught me how to use the Institute's computer; we also went on hikes together.