Nobel Prize Talks: Tim Hunt
“If We Really Understood Things, There Would Be No Sense of Discovery”
Tim Hunt, awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, looks upon biology in much the same way as life: in many cases we don’t really have a clue what’s going on, but we can try to learn more by playing around. In this conversation, recorded in London, he discusses his passion for science, and his talent for spotting good problems and asking good questions.
Interview with the 2001 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine Tim Hunt, at the 57th Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany, July 2007. The interviewer is Adam Smith, Editor-in-Chief of Nobelprize.org.
Tim Hunt talks about the important pathways in his life: his route from experimenting at school to scientific research, his talent for seeing the side paths in science (24:57), the road that led from initial discovery to his breakthrough experiment (30:51) and how it was sheer luck that no-one else had done this (35:18), and the future directions of cell biology (41:25) and research in Europe (51:27).
Interview with the 2001 Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine, Tim Hunt, Leland H. Hartwell and Sir Paul Nurse, by science writer Peter Sylwan, 12 December 2001.
The Laureates talk about paradigm shifts in biology; reductionism (6:42); hard questions in bioscience (15:01); the important bridge between scientists and society (18:26); managing good science (26:341); and ethical issues in bioscience (29:32).