Teacher told him he couldn’t do Science – John Gurdon wins a nobel prize anyway

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.

Check out his report card:

John Gurdon Report

Sixty-four years later he has been recognised as one of the finest minds of his generation.

While it might be less than complimentary, noting that for him to study science at University would be a “sheer waste of time”, Sir John said it is the only item he has ever framed. Learn more here or here.

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One Response to “Teacher told him he couldn’t do Science – John Gurdon wins a nobel prize anyway”

  1. random8042 Says:

    “insists on doing his work in his own way”
    isn’t that a good thing for a scientist?!

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