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Gertrude Elion on Becoming a Chemist

Gertrude Elion discusses the effect of her grandfather's death on her decision to become a chemist.
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"And I actually watched him die in the hospital, going through a lot of pain, and thinking that certainly there must be a way to cure this disease. But I didn't see how a doctor could cure cancer unless he had some medicine to do it with. So, how would you make a medicine? Well, you had to be a chemist. And I suddenly thought, why not? Why can't I do it? Just as simple as that: why not?"

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