Imagine deciding what you want to do with your life by age seven or eight, being certain that you will succeed, and then having that vocation propel you to the point when you eventually receive the news that you've been awarded the Nobel Prize. That was Bruce Beutler's scientific path, and what was his first reaction on receiving the call from Stockholm? It was to google himself to make sure that it was actually true, and then to double check that he wasn't dreaming. In this conversation the 2011 Laureate in Physiology or Medicine talks about the rewards of a life in science, and how he approaches nature's mysteries.
Interview with the 2011 Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine Bruce A. Beutler and Jules A. Hoffmann, 6 December 2011. The interviewer is Adam Smith, Editorial Director of Nobel Media. The Nobel Laureates share their personal memories of fellow Laureate Ralph Steinman, discuss the history of innate and adaptive immunity studies, and explain how their discovery might lead to drugs that treat illnesses more efficiently. They also describe life as a new Nobel Laureate and how their scientist fathers motivated their interests in their respective fields.
The 2011 Nobel Laureates met at the Bernadotte Library in Stockholm on 9 December 2011 for the traditional round-table discussion and TV program 'Nobel Minds'. The Laureates discuss issues of global concern, their own research, and their early influences.
Telephone interview with Bruce A. Beutler following the announcement of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 3 October 2011. The interviewer is Adam Smith, Editorial Director of Nobel Media.
"for their discoveries concerning the specificity of the cell mediated immune defence"
"for their discoveries concerning genetically determined structures on the cell surface that regulate immunological reactions"
"for his discoveries relating to immunity"