December 11, 1925 |
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Notable awards||Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine (2000)
NAS Award in the Neurosciences (1991)
Dickson Prize (1978)
|Spouse||Ursula von Rydingsvard (married, secondly, in 1985)|
|Children||2 (by his first marriage)|
I didn't want to spend my life contributing to the development of more atomic weaponry.
In terms of the brain, you can in a crude way think of the human brain as a computer.
The knowledge we have of communication among cells does not permit my giving you a sophisticated understanding.
You should only go into science if you really have a yearning to make scientific discoveries.
I'm sure our brains are working unconsciously. When you have a creative thought, it's parts of the brain talking to each other without your awareness.
Science is not the glamour that's portrayed in films. It's a lot of drudgery work, along with the wonderfully exciting periods when you discover something.
My philosophy is that we should ask the most important question that's capable of being solved.
It's a tragedy for society to spend decades training people and then depriving them of work at some arbitrary age.
We do not know with any of these neuropsychiatric disorders what the ultimate basis is. Let's say you could find that too much of protein X was involved in schizophrenia. Would you then know what schizophrenia is? You would not.
I have a lot of confidence through my accomplishments. I'm always trying to prove I'm not the worthless child they say I was.
The fact is all of the most highly successful scientists I know work practically all the time.