High school report card of John Gurdon, winner of 2012 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine, claimed science would be "a waste of his time"

Illustration for article titled High school report card of John Gurdon, winner of 2012 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine, claimed science would be a waste of his time

On Monday, Cambridge biologist Sir John Gurdon was awarded the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for his revolutionary work in the field of stem cell research. Featured here is an excerpt from his high school report card in the subject of biology, circa 1949. (The original report is pictured below.) Gurdon claims his teacher's disparaging evaluation is the only item he has ever had framed.

Here's to doing things in your own way.

Illustration for article titled High school report card of John Gurdon, winner of 2012 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine, claimed science would be a waste of his time
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Corpore Metal

Speaking as one of those "achievement seems to be below ability" types who often got bad marks on his report cards, I don' t think we can really draw any lessons from this. Because a lot of kids who get these kinds of remarks on their term reports often don't really amount to anything significant in the culture at large.

In other words, one hit doesn't imply any pattern. You have to count all the misses too.