JULY 2017
Alan MacDiarmid, age, 12 with his bicycle. Courtesy: Alan MacDiarmid.
Alan MacDiarmid, age 12, with his bicycle. Courtesy: Alan MacDiarmid.

Nobel Laureates' Childhood Memories
"I went to school barefooted"
Chemistry Laureate Alan MacDiarmid was born a Kiwi, a New Zealander, and grew up during the Great Depression which hit New Zealand rather severely. The family was poor, but always warm, loving, united and supporting. One day young Alan found his father's old chemistry text books dating back to the late 1800's ?
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"Already at five, I was actively investigating the world"
Ada Yonath was a poor but tremendously curious girl. Her father died when she was 11, and she had to start working to support the family. But she completed a proper education and eventually became a successful crystallographer. Ada Yonath was the first woman to receive a Chemistry Prize in 45 years.
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Ada Yonath
Ada Yonath.

Georges Charpak
Georges Charpak.
"I found a country which for me was a paradise"
Georges Charpak was born in Poland, a country then tormented by ethnic fights. The family moved to Paris where they finally found tolerance. Young Georges did not start to do science until he was 24 years old. In 1968 he invented the multiwire proportional chamber and was awarded the Chemistry Prize in 1992.
arrow Watch Georges Charpak tell his story

"Everybody was in some sense displaced"
Literature Laureate Saul Bellow was raised in one of Chicago's immigrant neighborhoods. In this video, he talks about his childhood town, where he spent so many years of his life, and the "feeling of opportunity and freedom" it gave him.
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Children playing in the streets of Chicago.
Children playing in a Chicago street.

Wole Soyinka
Wole Soyinka.
"New discoveries began to keep me behind at lunch-time"
Wole Soyinka, Nobel Laureate in Literature, grew up in the small Nigerian town of Aké, with a mixture of local and western traditions. 
arrow Read an excerpt from Wole Soyinka's Aké. The Years of Childhood

Dog drooling difficulties
Everyone loves a delicious treat to eat. Russian scientist and Medicine Laureate Ivan Pavlov saw that dogs drooled without even seeing the food. Why? Try the Pavlov's Dog Game - a desktop game that can teach both young and old about conditioned reflexes.
arrow Try the Pavlov's Dog Game
Pavlov's Dog.
Pavlov's Dog Game.

Monthly Quiz
Nobel Laureate without Freedom
Which one of these Nobel Laureates was imprisoned when awarded the Nobel Peace Prize? Choose a Laureate and click to submit your answer.
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