Sunday, February 2, 2014

Hélène Langevin-Joliot's advice to students and physicists

"You need a love of the idea of physics and a love of doing physics -- and they are not the same thing. Try not only to read papers but also to visit labs to see what doing research means in the different fields. It is better not to choose the same thing as everyone else.
If you are becoming a physicist, try to resist the increasing tendency toward aggressive competition among individuals. Research is a very demanding activity, but perhaps the best success may be achieved by a right balance: between your involvement in personal as well as collective research efforts, personal and family life, and your responsibility as a scientist and a citizen in society."

Hélène Langevin-Joliot (1927) is a French nuclear physicist and also known for her work in actively encouraging women to pursue careers in scientific fields.
Daughter of  Irène Joliot-Curie (1897-1956) and Frédéric Joliot-Curie (1900-1958) and granddaughter of Marie Skłodowska-Curie (1867-1934) and Pierre Curie (1859-1906).

A Sylvia's contribution! :)

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