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    I had a great time investigating the pigments of different mutant fruit flies by following experimental protocols published in Scientific American, and I also remember making my own beetle collection when it was still acceptable to make such collections.
    — Paul Nurse
    tags: time  american 
     
    I felt strongly that since the pursuit of good science was so difficult it was essential that the problem being studied was an important one to justify the effort expanded.
    — Paul Nurse
    tags: problem 
     
    I am still a keen mountain walker and an enthusiastic glider pilot.
    — Paul Nurse
    During the winter my attention was attracted to the changes in the stars and planets in the sky.
    — Paul Nurse
    tags: star  winter  sky  attention 
     
    Better understanding of the natural world not only enhances all of us as human beings, but can also be harnessed for the better good, leading to improved health and quality of life.
    — Paul Nurse
    My main efforts focussed on trying to identify the rate controlling steps during the cell cycle. Crucial for this analysis were wee mutants that were advanced prematurely through the cell cycle and so divided at a reduced cell size.
    — Paul Nurse
    I have an idealistic view of science as a liberalising and progressive force for humanity.
    — Paul Nurse
    tags: humanity 
     
    At age 11 in 1960, I moved to an academic state secondary school, Harrow County Grammar School for Boys.
    — Paul Nurse
    tags: age  boys  school 
     
    It was during my time at secondary school that I abandoned religion.
    — Paul Nurse
    tags: time  school 
     
    I met my wife Anne who was a sociology student, and her influence together with activities associated with the student movement of the time opened up my interests amongst other things into the theatre, art, music, politics and philosophy.
    — Paul Nurse
    I was by far the youngest of the family, and at times it was like being an only child.
    — Paul Nurse
    tags: children  time  child 
     
    How scientists go about their job: and it's a process, it's a question of asking questions, respecting observation, respecting experiment, having tentative explanations and then testing them.... There is a problem sometimes with how we teach science at schools. Because we sometimes teach it as if it has been chiseled in stone.
    — Paul Nurse
    This time at Birmingham turned me into a general biologist, and ever since then I have always tried to take a biological approach to any research project that I have undertaken.
    — Paul Nurse
    tags: time  research 
     
    This possibility bothered me as I thought it was not advisable to remain in one academic environment, and the long dark winters in Edinburgh could be rather dismal.
    — Paul Nurse
    Therefore, I reasoned that study of the cell cycle responsible for the reproduction of cells was important and might even be illuminating about the nature of life.
    — Paul Nurse
    tags: nature 
     
    After an extensive interview he arranged for my weaknesses in foreign languages to be over-looked and so I started a Biology degree at Birmingham in 1967.
    — Paul Nurse
    My parents were neither wealthy nor academic, but we lived comfortably and they were always extremely supportive of my academic efforts and aspirations, both at school and university.
    — Paul Nurse
    My parents were born in Norfolk and spent their early years working in the big houses of that rural English county, my mother as a cook and my father as a handyman and chauffeur.
    — Paul Nurse
    tags: father  mother  parent  year 
     
    Like many students, I found the drudgery of real experiments and the slowness of progress a complete shock, and at my low points I contemplated other alternative careers including study of the philosophy or sociology of science.
    — Paul Nurse
    It has been a privilege to pursue knowledge for its own sake and to see how it might help mankind in more practical ways.
    — Paul Nurse
    tags: mankind  help 
     
    Scientific understanding is often beautiful, a profoundly aesthetic experience which gives pleasure not unlike the reading of a great poem.
    — Paul Nurse
    I think it was this curiosity about the natural world which awoke my early interest in science.
    — Paul Nurse
    tags: world  curiosity 
     
    I was never very good at exams, having a poor memory and finding the examination process rather artificial, and there never seemed to be enough time to follow up things that really interested me.
    — Paul Nurse
    tags: time  memory  process  poor 
     
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