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  • The father, mother or child of invention

    Times Higher Education - 12/06/2012

    Personal experience can drive scholars to push the boundaries in their chosen field, writes Jon Marcus.

    After losing a close relative to cancer, Thomas Webster, chair of chemical engineering at Northeastern University, turned his attention to nanomaterials that could be used to lessen cancer cell function without the use of pharmaceutical agents.

    Aside from illness, other personal experiences can ignite an enthusiasm for a particular field of academic research.