The Laureates covered a wide range of backgrounds and specialties. Their
talks are available online, so I will only outline some of the differences in
Oliver Smithies giving his lecture - "Good enough for Oliver"
Oliver Smithies gave a very anecdotal talk. He showed
pages from his notebook and discussed processes that got him through
his research. He mentioned a lot of tools that he had to build and develop.
Some of these tools, the auto-pipette and gel electrophoresis, are used in
biology laboratories on a daily basis today.
Harold Zur Hausen presenting - "Infections and Cancer"
Harold Zur Hausen presented work from his Nobel Prize winning research and
the work he is currently doing to help find the relationship between viruses
and cancers. His talk was much more focused on the research itself instead
of the process used to get there.
Harold Kroto displaying his stylized phylogenetic tree
Harold Kroto put a lot of focus on outreach and life as a scientist. He
promoted his work with Global Educational Outreach for Science Engineering and
Technology, GEOSET, and suggested some
things we can do to help our career.
The talks were left to the presenter to decide what their
focus would be on. I encourage anybody interested to look at