Oct. 9th, 2008

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Crazy, depressing story about academia, from NPR:

Apparently, a researcher who made an important contribution to the research that won the Nobel prize in chemistry this week is now driving a bus for a living. Apparently, he wasn't able to get any grant funding, didn't get tenure, and now hasn't been able to find a job in academia.

Audio at: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=95545761

According to the comments in a blog post about this, while he wasn't included in the Nobel prize, his work was important enough that it very well could have been.

I posted about this to the SWIL chat list this morning, but it's hard to stop thinking about it (especially with the reflective mood of Yom Kippur). I mean, I don't think this is all THAT common (is it??), and there could very well be somewhat more to this story than we hear from this. And I'm guessing that at least for him, his fortunes will improve some with the attention from this story. But still...wow...

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