The Eminent Dr. Nurse
British geneticist Sir Paul Maxime Nurse recently discovered some fascinating secrets about his own hereditary background, long after he made the discoveries that won him a Nobel Prize in 2001. On the occasion of being honoured with the 2015 Henry Friesen Prize, he speaks with IDEAS host Paul Kennedy. **This episode orignally aired February 17, 2016.
"Scientists need to be creative. They need to be skeptical. They need to be honest and transparent. And in my mind they need to be courteous. In scientific dispute, it's very important that you argue and disagree. It's fine to say that somebody's idea is stupid. It is not fine to say they are stupid."
Sir Paul Nurse has been the President of prestigious Rockefeller University, in New York, and of the venerable Royal Society, in Great Britain. He's won the Einstein World Award for Science, and is a foreign academician at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is the Chief Executive of the Francis Crick Institute in London.