Interview, December 2018
“Huckleberry Finn is my role model”
Peter Agre was awarded the chemistry prize for discovering aquaporins, channels that allow water to travel between our body’s cells. In this interview he speaks about how he became interested in science, and shares his influences and inspirations – both fictitious and real.
Nobel Prize Talks: Peter Agre
The battle against malaria is a long and arduous one. Peter Agre, 2003 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, is part of the worldwide community committed to that fight. Speaking from a research institute in Zambia, he expands on the challenging state of global health, the promising shift towards an increasing number of women engaging in scientific research, and why scientists need to get involved in politics.
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Interview with the 2003 Nobel Laureates in Chemistry, Peter Agre and Roderick MacKinnon by Joanna Rose, science writer, 9 December 2003.
The Laureates talk about what it is like to be a scientist; how a discovery is made (1:55); the discovery of the channels (6:10); how details are important in science (15:33); the relation between science and society (19:06); the responsibility of scientists (21:30); and the joy of working in a laboratory (27:00).
Their work and discoveries range from the Earth’s climate and our sense of touch to efforts to safeguard freedom of expression.
See them all presented here.