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formula for success derives from childhood, when he developed the
habit of motivating himself by setting personal challenges and announcing
goals that others doubted he could achieve. Even after he won his
Nobel, he says, "I did something most people wouldn't be foolish
enough to do. I went all over the world, giving a talk on what I
was going to do and how it was going to turn out.
you think that only about 20 percent of what you try actually matures,
you can see I was going out on a very long limb." But the risk
"upped the ante from a personal point of view and I used it
to drive myself." His formula worked well enough that, although
he hasn't won them, Cram has since been nominated for Nobel Prizes
in two fields other than organic chemistry.
day, Cram is still physically active, but "too impatient for
golf." He skis and plays tennis although, at age 80, he restricts
himself to doubles.
approachable are Boyer, Ignarro and Cram that an interviewer forgets
to be intimidated. But the magnitude of their achievements requires
a closing comment commensurate with their stature. In another context,
Abraham Lincoln once said that, "towering genius disdains a
beaten path. It scorns to tread in the footsteps of any predecessor,
no matter how illustrious. It thirsts and burns for distinction,
and if possible, it will have it."
are three Bruins who "have it."