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Scientific Brilliance Doesn't Always Peak Young
Date:11/7/2011

man believes, although society's youth-focused tendencies sometimes make it blind to professional successes of older people, especially in the humanities and arts.

Feldman also noted that success can depend a great deal upon the field in which you work, and the work being done in that field during any given period.

"Our study suggests that people can do really important and original work, even well into their careers," said Weinberg.

Smithies, who has sustained a rich professional life well into his ninth decade, said, "I still feel about 35. I'm doing experiments. My wife is a scientist, too, so that's our major interest, even on weekends. And I'm still flying. I just renewed my license."

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SOURCES: Bruce Weinberg, Ph.D,. professor, economics, Ohio State University, Columbus; Dr. Oliver Smithies, DPhil, Weatherspoon Eminent Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine; David Henry Feldman, Ph..D, director, Developmental Science Group, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development, Tufts University; Nov. 7, 2011, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences


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