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Nobel Laureate: Oliver Smithies

"Find something you love so much that you can say — as I can say — I never did a day’s work in my life.”

"Find something you love so much that you can say — as I can say — I never did a day’s work in my life.”

“I don’t go to work every day; I go to play every day. And that’s my advice to students here today: find something you love so much that you can say — as I can say — I never did a day’s work in my life.”

That play earned the late Oliver Smithies, who was the Weatherspoon Eminent Distinguished Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, the 2007 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology for pioneering work on gene targeting and knockout mice, techniques that gave researchers the ability to study diseases like never before.

Smithies dedicated his life to the study of science, and his notebooks contain not only his groundbreaking research, but also details of his day-to-day life. Now, those 150-plus notebooks are open to the world on the Oliver Smithies Research ArchiveOpens in new window website, containing digitized scans done by Wilson Library with support from the Office of the Provost.

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