Benjamin List


Nobel Prize Conversations

“There are millions of new things we can discover”

Meet Benjamin List in an insightful conversation, conducted in June 2022, where he shares his advice to “try to follow your enthusiasm and do what you are really passionate about and what you really love to do.” As a child, Benjamin List thought chemists held the keys to the secrets of the universe. Luckily, by the time he learned this wasn’t so, he was already hooked on doing chemistry experiments he found in books. Even today, he still feels passion for the field, and tries to surround himself with passionate researchers.

List also tells us about a bet he made (and won!) with his co-laureate David MacMillan and lets us know if he’s received his winnings yet. We also discover more about his life – including how yoga has influenced his way of living and how his coffee-making skills have turned him into his family’s barista.

The host of this podcast is’s Adam Smith.

Nobel Prize Conversations was produced in cooperation with Fundación Ramón Areces.

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