I’ve often said that spite is the best reason to do anything. Here is further evidence of this fact:
British scientist John Gurdon is told by his high school teacher that there was no hope of him ever studying science, and that doing so would be a complete waste of time for him and anyone forced to teach him.
Gurdon was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology this year for his discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become immature cells, capable of developing into all tissues of the body. Their findings have revolutionized our understanding of how cells and organisms develop.
Though it is highly unlikely given Gurdon’s age, I hope that his high school teacher lived long enough to eat his words.