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A career's twisting road

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Credit: Robert Neubecker

I wanted to be a physicist. When I was in elementary school, I corrected a teacher about the orbits of the planets. In high school, I told a teacher that we could directly image single atoms; she didn't believe me even after I showed her the journal article I saw it in. My parents were of two minds: proud of my scientific aptitude but, being of modest means and Jewish descent, hopeful their only son would become a “real” doctor someday, the medical kind. (Keep reading at Science.)