• Question: When did you first want to become a scientist and what drove you to this decision?

    Asked by 07hcooke to Iain, Leo, Jo, Gioia, Mariam on 21 Jun 2010 in Categories: . This question was also asked by quizmaster, cheeseburger, dizzyhamster, mollyniamh, numberone, marema, issiphee1, frank123rous, kannah, batchelor1, helen1, clark, bambinix, 07kgunn, annacreegan, hollynsarah, chazzanmegzoz, erussell, thepatrickhennessey, saskia626211, getmeoutofscience, agentreadytodiscover, meltyourpopsicle, timonandpumba, alisonkatie, thekaties, emily123.
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      Iain Moal answered on 14 Jun 2010:

      I’ve wanted to be a scientists for as long as I can remember, and I was drived by an unstoppable appetite for understanding the world around me. I can’t stop now – every time I find the answer to a question, it raises even more questions. I think I won’t stop asking questions until the day I die.

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      Gioia Cherubini answered on 14 Jun 2010:

      There hasn’t been something specific that drove me into science, more than a genuine fascination for biology. When it was time to choose my university degree, I decided to go for something that I enjoyed studying, but I have never thought that it would have taken me to where I am now!

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      Joanna Watson answered on 14 Jun 2010:

      I’ve always liked science, but I didn’t decide that I wanted to become a scientist for my job until I was 23.

      The main thing that I’ve always wanted in a job is to do something that I enjoy, because we have to spend a huge chunk of our lives at work, and working on something you like doesn’t really feel like work.

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      Mariam Orme answered on 20 Jun 2010:

      I found science very interesting at school, and during my A levels I first started to think about becoming a scientist. I went on to study science at university, and that’s when I became pretty sure that I wanted a career in science.

      The main thing that drove me to become a scientist was that I enjoyed science a lot. Another strong influence was the thought that by being a scientist I might be able to find out something that would help people, and make a difference in the world.

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      Leo Garcia answered on 21 Jun 2010:

      I enjoyed science a lot at school, and did well at it. I decided to go into medical physics after finding out about it from the NHS website. It’s a great practical application of physics principles, which saves lives!