“I like to see things that have never been seen before”
Here, Richard Roberts is interviewed about everything from his love of discovery to his biggest influences – and reveals a determined, curiosity-driven character. The subject of ageing also came up, which is rather fitting since Roberts will join the Nobel Prize Dialogue Seoul to discuss ‘The Age to Come’ in conversation with Nobel Laureates and a host of experts on 30 October 2017.
Interview with the 1993 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine Richard Roberts, at the meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany, July 2007. The interviewer is Adam Smith, Editor-in-Chief of Nobelprize.org.
Richard Roberts reveals his most influential mentor, how research success altered his initial course to being an industrial chemist (8:40), his job offer from James Watson (11:15), the dogma-shattering discovery of split genes (18:21) and why he decided to move into industry (35:50).
Interview with Professors Richard Roberts and Hamilton Smith by Professors Sture Forsén and Nils Ringertz at the meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany, June 2000.
Professors Hamilton and Roberts talk about the announcement of the Human Genome Project;
the number of genes in the human genome (5:24); ‘Proteomics’ (7:16); and biomedical benefits and consequences following the HGP (17:53).
Their work and discoveries range from cancer therapy and laser physics to developing proteins that can solve humankind’s chemical problems. The work of the 2018 Nobel Laureates also included combating war crimes, as well as integrating innovation and climate with economic growth. Find out more.