HotAIR - Fred Robbins


Nobel Thoughts: Fred Robbins

Profound Insights of the Laureates

by Marc Abrahams

Fred Robbins is University Professor Emeritus and Dean Emeritus at Case Western Reserve University Medical School. In 1954, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine. He spoke, via telephone, from his office in Cleveland.

QUESTION: What is your favorite food for lunch?

Soup. I don't like creamy soups. I don't like watery soups. Anything in between.

QUESTION: Do you recommend that people take a lunch from home or buy it at the lab?

I believe in the old Rockefeller University policy. They eat in a dining room where they can have some good conversation. I've been accused of being a table hopper.

QUESTION: Do you have strong views about dessert?

Yes. I like it.

QUESTION: Do you have any advice for young people who are entering the field?

I want to say, "Stay out of it," but I don't think that's a very good idea.

No, the best advice I can give is to find the right guy to work with. Make some inquiries. Look for a person who gives some time to the people who work with him. It should be a person who's concerned with the welfare of those who work with him, and a person whose research is thought superior.

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