David W.C. MacMillan


Nobel Prize Conversations

“Organic chemistry found me as much as I found it”

Meet football fan and chemist David MacMillan in this podcast episode, conducted in April 2022. He speaks about the importance of storytelling and his strong belief that “science is supposed to be about having fun, it is not supposed to be about intimidating people.”

MacMillan also shares his journey from a family where no one had gone to university to becoming a Nobel Prize laureate. We also hear about how his upbringing in Scotland shaped him as a scientist and why his parents insisted that he went to university.

The host of this podcast is nobelprize.org’s Adam Smith.

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

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