Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Career Path

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Career Path

Article excerpt

As long as I can recall, I wondered about things like how magnets know when to stick to something and why spinning tops don't fall over. I eventually understood that's what scientists contemplate and explain. But I also realized that no one would pay me to sit around and think and that I would have to produce things of value to others. My father was a self-employed artist; although I had no artistic talent, I realized I could learn engineering and build products. Then, like him, I could create things for the world and earn a living.

My interest level in classes depend-ed entirely on the teachers. I enjoyed asking questions and learning, so if the teacher was willing to answer questions, I enjoyed the class, regardless of the subject.

In high school, I started a company developing audiovisual control systems. I was inexperienced, but I was playing with the new technology of the day and making products with it. At the time, my older brother was in medical school and kept complaining there was no drug-pumping systems for tiny babies, because there wasn't enough of a market. So I tinkered and made little electronic pumps, using syringes as reservoirs. …

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