Friday, October 17, 2014

Thank a Teacher Thursday!

Huffington Post
October 16th, 2014

t's October, so it's Nobel prize season. Last week, the Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded to John O'Keefe, and Edvard and May-Britt Moser for their work on how the brain figures out where you are. Journalists have been calling it your "inner GPS system." The Physics prize was awarded to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano, and Shuji Nakamura, for the invention of blue light-emitting diodes. LEDs are super-efficient, but early LEDs could only emit red and green light. With the addition of the blue wavelengths, engineers could develop light bulbs that emit white light -- enabling LEDs to replace incandescent and fluorescent bulbs and brighten up your laptops and cell phones.
Three of these scientists were born in Japan, two in Norway, and one in the United States. The oldest was born in 1929, the youngest in 1963. But I bet there's one thing they all have in common. Somewhere along the line -- in middle school, high school, or perhaps as late as college -- a science teacher captured their imagination, nurtured their curiosity, or provided an outlet for their passion for solving mysteries. That teacher changed their lives and, by virtue of their discoveries, changed our lives, too.

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