• Question: what did you want to be when you were a kid?

    Asked by year493kue to Ping, Michael S on 29 Nov 2023.
    • Photo: Michael Schubert

      Michael Schubert answered on 29 Nov 2023:

      All sorts of things! I wanted to be a scientist, of course, but also a doctor, a writer, an actor, a dentist, an astronaut, a pilot, and a number of other things. I think everyone changes their mind a lot as they grow up and their interests change.

      I didn’t always know what kind of scientist I wanted to be. I liked palaeontology, but also chemistry, genetics, zoology, botany, medicine, molecular biology, microbiology, the forensic disciplines, and many more. I couldn’t even make up my mind in university, so I studied lots of different subjects – all of the ones I mentioned above, plus immunology, pathology, biochemistry, oncology, geography, geology, mathematics, and others – which has been a big help to me when trying to communicate big ideas in science.

    • Photo: Ping Zhang

      Ping Zhang answered on 1 Dec 2023:

      I wanted to be an actor, a singer or a doctor. Whatever we want to be we need to remember ‘every big journey begins with the first step.’