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Who is the Einstein in your lab?

By: Roche Life Science

Posted: | Career & Lifestyle

Albert Einstein: The Confident

While the Einstein name is now synonymous with genius, that wasn’t the case in his day. He was a theorist, writing papers that were more about grand ideas than empirical data. Nonetheless, he had an abundance of confidence in his abilities and his ideas — confidence that often got him into trouble with his peers and superiors.


Marie Curie: The Strategist

The fifth child of impoverished parents, Marie Curie was confident, charismatic, and passionate about her work, even from an early age. She was not particularly concerned with work/life balance; to Curie, work was life.  As an outsider in most 19th century labs, she used her charisma to work situations to her advantage, carefully planning her moves like a chess player.


Thomas Edison: The Natural

Edison was a prolific inventor, with more U.S. patents issued in his name than anyone else in history. He was deeply focused on his work, partly due to his personal interests and partly due to the social isolation that came with his hearing loss. He lacked formal training in science and mathematics, yet seemed to innately understand the solutions to math and science problems.

Jonas Salk: The Humanitarian

From adolescence, Jonas Salk was inclined towards humanitarian work that would help the greatest number of people. His polio vaccine — a medical revolution — was never patented because he believed that it should be available to all. He launched his own research organization to study cures for cancer, multiple sclerosis, and HIV/AIDS.

Rosalind Franklin: The Balanced Life

Rosalind Franklin was said to have made a lasting impression on everyone she met. She had a strong personality, and enjoyed lively discussion and vigorous debates. She was very serious in the lab, and preferred to work independently on precise scientific experimentation. She lived modestly, and was very sociable outside work, traveling and hiking with friends throughout continental Europe during her free time.


Niels Bohr: The Curious

Thought of as a great leader, intellect, and mentor, Niels Bohr was described as the kind of person that inspired those around him to do their best work. He had an insatiable curiosity, and an open mind that was receptive to new ideas, which he would explore earnestly and thoroughly.


Kary Mullis: The Rebel

The Nobel Prize-winning Mullis was known for being hyperactive, hotheaded and intense. The size of his personality and his penchant for out-there ideas led to most of his colleagues ignoring his enthusiasm for his new idea: polymerase chain reaction (PCR).


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