I was born in Montreal in 1939, the second son of poor immigrants.
For our immediate family and relatives, Canada was a land of opportunity.
The RNA World referred to an hypothetical stage in the origin of life on Earth.
Furthermore, neither of our research groups set out in search of RNA catalysis.
We are very fortunate to be recognized here in such an extraordinary manner for work that we enjoy.
Nevertheless, as is a frequent occurrence in science, a general hypothesis was constructed from a few specific instances of a phenomenon.
It was from them that I learned that hard work in stable surroundings could yield rewards, even if only in infinitesimally small increments.
The mystique associated with the bomb, the role that scientists played in it, and its general importance could not fail to impress even a six-year old.
My intention was to enroll at McGill University but an unexpected series of events led me to study physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
We are united in the hope that every individual will someday enjoy at least the intellectual privileges we have had, if not always the material advantages.