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J. Michael Bishop
(22 Feb 1936 - )

American virologist who shared the 1989 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for achievements showing that normal genes under certain conditions can cause cancer.


Science Quotes by J. Michael Bishop (9 quotes)

I entered Gettysburg College intent on preparing for medical school. But my ambition was far from resolute. Every new subject that I encountered in college proved a siren song. I imagined myself an historian, a philosopher, a novelist, rarely a scientist.
— J. Michael Bishop
In 'J. Michael Bishop: Biographical', website of nobelprize.org.
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I graduated from college still knowing nothing of original research in science.
— J. Michael Bishop
In 'J. Michael Bishop: Biographical', website of nobelprize.org.
Science quotes on:  |  College (68)  |  Graduate (31)  |  Knowledge (1536)  |  Nothing (969)  |  Research (677)

I learned the inebriation of research, the practice of rigor, and the art of disappointment.
— J. Michael Bishop
In 'J. Michael Bishop: Biographical', website of nobelprize.org.
Science quotes on:  |  Disappointment (17)  |  Learn (632)  |  Research (677)  |  Rigor (28)

If offered reincarnation, I would choose the career of a performing musician with exceptional talent, preferably, in a string quartet. One life-time as a scientist is enough–great fun, but enough.
— J. Michael Bishop
In 'J. Michael Bishop: Biographical', website of nobelprize.org.
Science quotes on:  |  Choose (113)  |  Enough (341)  |  Fun (39)  |  Musician (23)  |  Reincarnation (3)  |  Scientist (825)  |  Talent (96)

My youth held little forecast of a career in biomedical research.
— J. Michael Bishop
In 'J. Michael Bishop: Biographical', website of nobelprize.org.
Science quotes on:  |  Biomedicine (3)  |  Career (76)  |  Forecast (14)  |  Research (677)  |  Youth (103)

Science now finds itself in paradoxical strife with society: admired but mistrusted; offering hope for the future but creating ambiguous choice; richly supported yet unable to fulfill all its promise; boasting remarkable advances but criticized for not serving more directly the goals of society.
— J. Michael Bishop
How to Win the Nobel Prize: An Unexpected Life in Science (2004), xi.
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Tests conducted before I graduated predicted a future for me in journalism, forestry or the teaching of music.
— J. Michael Bishop
In 'J. Michael Bishop: Biographical', website of nobelprize.org.
Science quotes on:  |  Forestry (17)  |  Future (432)  |  Graduate (31)  |  Journalism (4)  |  Music (130)  |  Predict (80)  |  Teach (278)  |  Test (212)

The discovery of reverse transcriptase was sobering for me: a momentous secret of nature, mine for the taking, had eluded me. But I was also exhilarated because reverse transcriptase offered new handles on the replication of retroviruses, handles that I seized and deployed with a vengeance.
— J. Michael Bishop
In 'J. Michael Bishop: Biographical', website of nobelprize.org.
Science quotes on:  |  Discovery (785)  |  Elude (11)  |  Replication (10)  |  Seize (16)

The modern research laboratory can be a large and complicated social organism.
— J. Michael Bishop
How to Win the Nobel Prize: An Unexpected Life in Science (2004), xii.
Science quotes on:  |  Complicated (115)  |  Laboratory (197)  |  Large (394)  |  Modern (385)  |  Organism (220)  |  Research (677)  |  Social (252)  |  Society (325)


See also:
  • 22 Feb - short biography, births, deaths and events on date of Bishop's birth.
  • How to Win the Nobel Prize: An Unexpected Life in Science, by J. Michael Bishop. - book suggestion.

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