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James Thomson

Father of Stem Cell Research

Back then it was illegal to use federal funds for the derivation of these cells, and still is. And the university was extremely nervous about what I was doing, because I could lose all their federal funding. So for a variety of reasons so I didn't have federal funding and the university itself would not fund it. So a small company offered to fund it, and I didn't have any choice, so I took that funding. So we set up a small lab that was completely devoid of anything that was bought with federal dollars, and I physically did all the work myself, so it would protect other people around. So over a course of I guess about nine months or so, we derive these cell lines. And everybody asked like whether there's this "Aha!" moment that was exciting and all. The reality is pretty much no. It's just kind of this long, drawn-out process, where you kind of think you have the right thing, and it takes several months, little by little, to increase your confidence. So there's no single moment. And at the time that it was all done and it's finally published, instead of being happy, it was more like relieved that it was done after all this work.
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James Thomson

Father of Stem Cell Research

James Thomson: So biology, there's simply a rhythm of the material you work on. And you can't change it. You can't change it by having a lot of hands doing things in parallel, which is happening right now in this field. But these cells divide about once every day. So if you want to make one cell go to a lot of cells, it takes some time, right? So I think you just get used to what you can do with your system, what you can't, and just live with it. And pushing harder doesn't always work.
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Michael Thornton

Medal of Honor

You just have a determination not to give up. And my injury -- when you see the death and destruction to other people that you see in war -- I mean what I have is nothing. So I lost an eye and part of my head and brain and had some other bodily injuries. But what is that? I mean, I have another eye. You just go on. You go on with what you've got left and make the best of it.
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Michael Thornton

Medal of Honor

Thomas Norris: As a result of my injuries I was in the hospital for quite a long period of time. I was operated on for minor surgeries from 1972 through 1975, when I was retired from the military as a result of my injuries. And then I was in for minor surgery through 1978. So my life during that time was pretty much controlled by hospitalization and when I needed to be there for medical treatment. My spirits were very positive. I mean, you know, I was alive! It's just another offset in my physical stature, but you just learn to live with what you have. I mean, I had a very serious injury as Mike explained. A good portion of my head was blown away, which I had to deal with, and which would restrict me from doing some of the things that I would normally otherwise be able to do. But in the whole realm of things, when you look at the injury I received, compared to injuries I'd seen while you were overseas where you see devastation and people torn to pieces -- I mean, my injury was insignificant. I mean, it's just something that happened. Now that it happened, you know, let's make the best of it and get on with your life. So that's kind of the way I viewed it.
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Clyde Tombaugh

Discoverer of Planet Pluto

Clyde Tombaugh: You carry on through even despite of discouraging situations and you never lose sight of the goal. Often, you experience hardships involved like freezing in that cold dome at night, loss of sleep, and that gets pretty wicked, but I was interested in getting the results. It takes a dedication to achieve that kind of thing. A lot of people would give up and quit.
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