It has been a privilege to pursue knowledge for its own sake and to see how it might help mankind in more practical ways.
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.
I think it was this curiosity about the natural world which awoke my early interest in science.
I have an idealistic view of science as a liberalising and progressive force for humanity.
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.