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.



Read the article at Times Higher Education →