MAY 2016
Classroom in Thailand. By Mattes (own work). Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.
Classroom, Thailand. Photo: Mattes. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

"Early in the life of every scientist, the child's first interest was sparked by a teacher"
When awarded the Nobel Prize, many Laureates take the opportunity to express gratitude to their teachers. Chemistry Laureate Peter Agre in his Nobel Banquet speech, for instance, asked his audience to join him in "applauding the individuals that foster the scientific competence of our society and are the heroes behind past, present, and future Nobel Prizes - the men and women who teach science to children in our schools."
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"I was noticed. It made a difference"
Medicine Laureate May-Britt Moser grew up in a small town on the west coast of Norway. In her biography, she praises her teachers: "I was not always the best student with the highest grades, but my teachers saw something in me and tried to encourage me".
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May-Britt Moser.
May-Britt Moser.

Martinus Veltman.
Martinus Veltman.
"He did the extra piece"
Even a future Nobel Laureate can have doubts about his choices in life, when after high school it is time to decide what path to go. Listen to Physics Laureate Martinus Veltman, who experienced that "many physicists owe their career to a good high school teacher".
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"I was fortunate to have excellent teachers"
Chemistry Laureate Tomas Lindahl took good teachers for granted. But when he changed schools, things didn't go well and he failed chemistry. Listen to his story.
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May-Britt Moser.
Tomas Lindahl.

Malala Yousafzai.
Malala Yousafzai.
"Thank you"
Malala Yousafzai is a leading spokesperson for girls' rights to education. She was a 17-year-old school girl when she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Watch her thank her teachers.
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Monthly Quiz
Good in school?
Alfred Nobel's father Immanuel invested in the education of his children. The four brothers were privately tutored at their home in St Petersburg in Russia, where the Nobel family lived 1842-1863. The children were provided a broad knowledge, and were also taught languages. Do you know in how many languages Alfred Nobel was fluent? Make a guess and click to submit your answer.
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