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100 Reasons to Become a Scientist or Engineer

On our 75th anniversary, we collected 75 reasons. Now we've added 25 more

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Tim White

Click to Enlarge ImageAll people are born scientists. Just watch a one-year-old child. Pure, unabashed, unbridled curiosity drives each waking hour’s exploration of their worlds. Toddlers are just trying to figure out how things work as they poke and point—touch and taste—everything they can. And most children keep at it, combining the critical and creative elements fundamental to good science. As an adult, I never wanted to stop being curious, and ended up focusing that curiosity on the deep past of our human species. So I’m still asking questions, still working on mysteries, and still loving every minute of it.

Tim White

Professor of Integrative Biology

University of California, Berkeley








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