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Irascible but modest forgotten pioneer

2013, May 9

I particularly like the description of him as “an irascible but modest scientist” who “had a sailor’s vocabulary, and his brand of peer review often included shipboard expletives”.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/07/health/maurice-hilleman-mmr-vaccines-forgotten-hero.html?smid=pl-share

According to Wikipedia, “He used profanity and tirades freely to drive his arguments home, and once, famously, refused to attend a mandatory “charm school” course intended to make Merck middle managers more civil.” Love it!

How much more might people achieve with a bit more of that kind of candour in organisations? Unfortunately today, that kind of “how” would soon be knocked out of you and used as reason to ignore your “what”, no matter how extensive, pioneering or innovative!

From → Science & Pharma

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