The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2006
Roger D. Kornberg
Interview with 2006 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Roger Kornberg, 6 December 2006. The interviewer is Adam Smith, Editor-in-Chief of Nobelprize.org.
Roger Kornberg discusses how the boundaries between scientific disciplines have become blurred and yet chemistry remains the "queen of all sciences", how doubt and self-confidence interrelate in scientific research (9:17), how the evolution of scientific enquiry has developed from a generalist position to one of narrowed focus (14:57), how he visualizes the complexity of the molecular machine (21:27), what compels students to join his research team (24:25), and how terribly important it is for everyone to have a basic understanding of chemistry (27:20).
The Nobel Laureates of 2006 met at the Bernadotte Library in Stockholm, 9 December 2006, for the traditional round-table discussion and TV show 'Nobel Minds'. The show was hosted by Sarah Montague, a presenter on the BBC 'Today' programme. The Laureates discuss their achievements, their inspiration and motivation, and also answer questions e-mailed by visitors to BBC.com and Nobelprize.org.
Telephone interview with Roger D. Kornberg immediately following the announcement of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 4 October 2006. The interviewer is Adam Smith, Editor-in-Chief of Nobelprize.org.
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