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The making of a scientist
The making of a scientist
The making of a scientist
The making of a scientist
The making of a scientist
The making of a scientist
The making of a scientist
The making of a scientist
The making of a scientist
The making of a scientist
The making of a scientist
The making of a scientist
The making of a scientist
The making of a scientist
The making of a scientist
The making of a scientist
The making of a scientist
The making of a scientist
The making of a scientist
The making of a scientist
The making of a scientist
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The making of a scientist

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  • 1. The Making of a Scientist Richard Ebright
  • 2. The Making of a ScientistThis is the story of a young and bright scientistnamed Richard H. Ebright.He grew up north of Reading, Pennsylvania.At the age of 24 he excited the scientific worldwith his theory of cells.As a child he collected rocks fossils and coins.
  • 3. The role of his mother A great driving force in making of him as a scientist Always encouraged him & developed his interest in learning Took him on trips Bought him telescope, microscopes, cameras, mounting materials etc. Got him the book ‘The Travels of Monarch X’ which opened a new world for him
  • 4. The role of his motherHe was her – (i) whole life after his father’s death, (ii) only companionShe would find work for him that will make him learn new things, if does not have any some day.He liked it and wanted to learn too.
  • 5. Early Childhood TalentBy the time he was in second grade , he had collected all the twenty five species of the butterflies found around his home town in six weeks.
  • 6. The Travels of Monarch X The book is about how butterflies migrate to Central America. It was written by Dr. Frederick Urquhart of the University of Toronto, Canada. Readers were invited to help study butterfly migration. He also asked readers to tag them for research. This book opened a world of science to this young collector.
  • 7. The Travels of Monarch X to catch so many of But it was impossible them in six weeks. So he started raising a flock of butterflies in the basement of his house. He would catch a female monarch, take her eggs and raise them. (Life Cycle) But as he didn’t get much feedback he started losing interest in it.
  • 8. Experience in the Science Fair heWhen he was in the seventh grade, participated in a science fair and lost.Here he gets a hint of what real science is. He learns that science is not a neat display of something but doing real experiments.He had just shown slides of frog tissues.
  • 9. Further Achievements He wrote to Dr. Urquhart for ideas and got many suggestions for experiments. He kept on working on them throughout his high school which led him to many prize projects on national & international levels. In eighth class he found out the cause of a viral disease that killed all monarch caterpillars. He raised them in presence of beetles.
  • 10. Why viceroy butterflies copy monarchs They are the food of birds. Viceroys taste good whereas monarchs do not taste good for birds. The viceroys look like monarchs because they want to trick the birds and save themselves. This project was placed first in the zoology division.
  • 11. His theory on the life of cells He tried to find out the purpose of the twelve tiny gold spots on a monarch pupa. Earlier it was assumed that they were just ornamental. But later Ebright , along with his fellow students, showed that the spots were producing a hormone necessary for their full development. It gave him entry in the International Science & Engineering Fair
  • 12. Further Achievements In his senior year, he grew cells from a monarch’s wings in a culture and showed that the cells would divide and develop into normal butterfly wing scales only if they were fed the hormones from the gold spots. This project won him the first place for zoology at the international fair.
  • 13. X-ray photos of chemical structure of a hormone He studied the photos of the chemical structure of a hormone in the X-ray. This photo solved his doubt on DNA. He determined that the DNA is the substance in the nucleus that controls heredity. So DNA was established to be the blueprint for life.
  • 14. The Making of a Scientist Richard Ebright became a scientist because he had a driving curiosity along with a bright mind. He started his journey from collecting the butterflies. This led him to discover the theory of life cells. He was not just interested in science. He took interest in other activities too.
  • 15. The Making of a Scientist There art many qualities that go into making of a scientist. He was curious, dedicative and hardworking. He was competitive but not in a bad sense. He had a will to win. He was intelligent and worked for the right reasons. He didn’t run after prizes.

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