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5/7/1939 - (Present)
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About seven years later I was given a book about the periodic table of the elements. For the first time I saw the elegance of scientific theory and its predictive power.

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At the MRC laboratory I started the work that led to the discovery of RNase P and the enzymatic properties of the RNA subunit of that enzyme.

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By the time I reached high school my father's grocery store had made our life adequately comfortable and I was able to choose, without any practical encumbrances, the subjects that I wanted to pursue in college.

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Eight months later, having left Columbia, I was studying physics in a summer program and working in Colorado when I decided to enroll as a graduate student in biophysics.

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For our immediate family and relatives, Canada was a land of opportunity.

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Furthermore, neither of our research groups set out in search of RNA catalysis.

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However, it was made clear to the first generation of Canadian-born children that the path to opportunity was through education.

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I should mention that while I was growing up, Einstein was presented as a worthy role model for a young boy who was good at his studies.

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I spent eighteen months as a graduate student in physics at Columbia University, waiting unhappily for an opportunity to work in a laboratory and wondering if I should continue in physics.

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I was born in Montreal in 1939, the second son of poor immigrants.

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