A brief visit to Nepal started my insatiable love for Asian art.
Soon, I knew that I would become a chemist, rather than a composer.
On the theoretical side, I was concerned with stochastic resonance.
My father, Robert Ernst, was teaching as an architect at the technical high school of our city.
I wanted to understand the secrets behind my chemical experiments and behind the processes in nature.
I thus decided to leave the university forever and tried to find an industrial job in the United States.
I recognized that teaching and research institutions vitally depend on the involvement of active scientists also in management functions.
In recent years, more and more of my time has become absorbed by administrative work for the research council of ETH-Z of which I am presently the president.
Thus, after finishing high school, I started with high expectations and enthusiasm to study chemistry at the famous Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.
I am not surprised that they show no intention to follow in my footsteps, although if I had a second chance myself, I would certainly try to repeat my present career.