This is from p.10 of my PhD thesis:
The above figures (and a significant portion of my research) wouldn’t have been possible without the work of this year’s Nobel Prize winners in Chemistry:
Isaac Newton said, “If I have seen further it is only by standing on the shoulders of giants.”
I cannot claim (YET) that I have seen further than anyone else. But everytime I am on the lab bench or writing a manuscript, trying to build upon the previous works of colleagues, I definitely feel like standing on the shoulders of giants.
Indeed, it never ceases to amaze me how much knowledge has accumulated in human history, with each piece of knowledge built upon each other like lego pieces in perfect fit. It is just simply wonderful to be a part of the process. It is a real privilege to do research and I’ll forever be indebted to all the taxpayers and foundations who have funded my studies and are still financing my current work.
So when I get my very own Nobel Prize someday, my speech will be like, “Special thanks to all the taxpayers in the world who unknowingly feed their hungry scientists so that the latter may have the energy to perform their late-night experiments
or late-night blogging activities.” LOL!