Retired professor of Biophysics at the University of Lausanne, Jacques Dubochet, along with Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson, has been awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry on Wednesday for developing cryo-electron microscopy, a better and simpler process that improves the imaging of biomolecules. That's a tremendous feat for the aforementioned scientists, no doubt. However, the CV of Jacques Dubochet, posted on the university website, states another huge achievement in his life, which took place 71 years ago when he became "no longer afraid of the dark".
What is it with the darkness, you may ask? Well, at the age of five Dubochet understood that he shouldn't be afraid of darkness "because the sun comes back; it was Copernicus who explained this," his CV reads.
That's not it. The cheeky CV of the scientist further reads that this discovery by him came after five years from when he was "conceived by optimistic parents" in October 1941. It's like the perfect blend of genius with the right amount of sense of humor.
Dubochet notes in his CV that his experimental scientific career actually started before he was even 10, with instruments like knives, needles, strings and matches.
"In our group, it was a necessary requirement that one has to be able to collaborate. I hate personal competition and so each time in my career I came in a field where it was highly competitive I gave up," said Dubochet, who also described himself to be dyslexic in his CV.
Under the pointer "1955" in his CV, he writes, "First official dyslexic in the canton of Vaud - this permitted being bad at everything ... and to understand those with difficulties."
"Rather big part of my time is to read scientific journals and to discover what others are doing. Reading science seriously... there are so many possibilities," said the witty scientist, according to the report.