Kary's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Poor, Lazy Overachievers

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Corona del Mar, CA

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 7

  • ON DVD:

    Roadtrip Nation: Season 7

KARY MULLIS

Nobel Prize Winning Chemist

“I never really found out...I just kind of knew that I was.”

INTERESTS:

Science

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Values Experience Individualism Beliefs & Faith Fulfillment Choices Opportunity Dedication Hard Work Passion Desire

TAGS:

academics, advancing, being lost, bombs, career, chemistry, child interest, diseases, DNA, effort, helping people, learning, limitations, medicine, nobel prize, nuclear fusion, polymerase chain reaction, rockets, training, trapped

BIOGRAPHY:

Kary Mullis didn't need any encouragement to love chemistry; he'd always felt pulled toward it. After years of study and research, he received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1993 for his invention of polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The process, which Kary conceptualized in 1983, is hailed as one of the monumental scientific techniques of the twentieth century. He is a Distinguished Researcher at Children's Hospital and Research Institute at Oakland. Kary serves on the board of scientific advisors of several companies, provides expert advice in legal matters involving DNA, and is a frequent lecturer at college campuses, corporations and academic meetings.

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