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Class 10 English Chapter 6 The Making of a Scientist Summary
The making of a scientist was written by Robert W. Peterson. This prose is about a renowned scientist, Richard Ebright who was a bright yet curious child from the early years of his life. He was very found of collecting butterflies and when he was in second grade, he had already collected 25 species of butterflies in his home town. His mother always encouraged him in his efforts and gifted him a book named “The Travels of Monarch ‘X’.
The book was a turning point in his life as it opened the world of science to him. It explained how monarch butterflies would migrate to central America and made him more eager to explore about the species. Soon he participated in the county science fair and understood that he needed to do something exceptional. He continued with his efforts until he made a place for himself in the fair with valid experiments.
Later in his eighth grade project he tried to discover the disease caused by a virus that nearly killed most of the monarch caterpillars every year Ebright assumed that a beetle may be the carrier of the disease, so he started breeding caterpillars along with beetles. However he didn’t
get any results from this experiment never the less he exhibited this experiment in the county science fair and won the competition that year.
During the second year of high school Ebright started his scientific research about the discovery of a mysterious insect hormone which led to his brand new theory on the life of cells. His experiment was to find the main purpose of the twelve tiny golden spots on a monarch pupa. His project won first prize in a county science fair and he got an opportunity to work at the entomology lab in Walter Reed Army institute of Research.
As a Junior in high school, he went on with his upgraded experiments on the monarch pupa and finally was successful in identifying the chemical structure of hormones. One fine day, while he was checking the x-ray photos of the chemical structure of a hormone, he understood how the cell could read the blueprint of its DNA.
Ebright and his roommate in college James R. Wong, worked day and night and drew pictures and constructed plastic models of molecules to illustrate how DNA work. This was a major leap in Ebright’s Career as he secured a graduation degree from Harvard with the highest honours and stood second in a class of 1510 student. His work was also published in science magazine soon he became a graduate student research at Harvard Medical school and started working on other experiments.
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