• Question: Why did you become a Scientist?

    Asked by RickAstley to Verity, Trystan, Raquel, Danny, Catherine, Andy on 11 Nov 2018. This question was also asked by Francis, 655epdp49, HenryMarch, iamThea, Thecuber090705.
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      Danny Ward answered on 11 Nov 2018:

      I was inspired to become a scientist as I like to find out new things, science was one of my stronger subjects at school, the career prospects are good and I enjoyed the subject. To add to this, its a very rewarding job knowing the work you do helps contribute to improving people’s lives around the world while advancing our understanding of science 👨‍🔬.

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      Verity Hill answered on 12 Nov 2018:

      I read this book when I was 16 (the Wild life of our Bodies by Rob Dunn) and it showed me that science was so changeable and fun! It also made me realise that there was so much left still to work out, which I didn’t realise before (I sort of felt like it was all already discovered and figured out).
      I also really wanted to do something that might improve people’s lives, and working on epidemics of diseases that don’t have a lot of research done on them is doing that for me!

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      Trystan Leng answered on 12 Nov 2018:

      I decided to become a scientist after spending some time in a neuroscience lab after graudating from my first degree. It was here, I learnt about mathematical modelling, and how maths was being used to answer important and unanswered questions in many different areas, from neuroscience to infectious diseases. I also learnt just how many questions were still left unanswered! I also wanted to do research that would benefit people. By researching how people’s behaviour affects the control of infectious diseases, I think my research does that in some small way.