Inspirational Story of Sir John Gurdon, Nobel Prize winner


A British scientist whose schoolmasters told him he was too stupid to study the subject has been awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine or physiology for his pioneering work on cloning.

At the age of 15, Prof Sir John Gurdon ranked last out of the 250 boys in his Eton year group at biology, and was in the bottom set in every other science subject. Sixty-four years later he has been recognised as one of the finest minds of his generation after being awarded the £750,000 annual prize, which he shares with Japanese stem cell researcher Shinya Yamanaka. Speaking after learning of his award in London on Monday, Sir John revealed that his school report still sits above his desk at the Gurdon Institute in Cambridge, which is named in his honour.


Moral of the story: Teachers may not be always right!

Author: mathtuition88

One thought on “Inspirational Story of Sir John Gurdon, Nobel Prize winner”

  1. Reblogged this on Lisper and commented:
    Same story for Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison by their teachers. Minkosky whe told by Hilbert of his former student invented Relativity Theory, could not believe his ears that “lazy student !”. Louis Pasteur too, was ranked last in his class in university. Chinese greatest mathematician of 20th century Hua Luogen failed in Math in Secondary 2 – the last year of his schooling in life.


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