BANGKOK – Hiroshi Amano, the 2014 Nobel laureate in physics, and Toshihide Masukawa, who won the same award in 2008, gave Thai high school and university students some advice at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University on Saturday.
In a lecture titled “Advice from Nobel Laureates to the Future Scientists,” Amano told the students that he had never imagined becoming a researcher but managed to win the illustrious prize by just “doing what he likes.”
“I never consider my 1,500 unsuccessful experiments as a failure because there was a development each time. I believed if I had enough time I could make it,” said Amano, who helped invent the blue light-emitting diode.
Masukawa encouraged young Thais to believe that anyone who wants to be scientist can dream, “follow your dream,” and make it come true.
He said all people should follow their curiosity.
“I encourage you to try to get closer to your dream. Although you may fail during the way, one day you will succeed in your dream,” the atomic particle expert added.
Intara Sermsri, a 16-year-old high schooler from Bangkok, said he wants to be an astronomer and likes to study physics. He said the two physicists inspired him to be skeptical and never hesitate to ask questions, even though Thai students are taught to believe what their teachers say and never question them.
Engineering student Siwat Manamaisantiphap, 22, said he was inspired by the prize-winning pair to “move firmly and patiently” along the path he is pursuing at Chulalongkorn.
The special lectures by the Nobel winners, both Nagoya University graduates, were part of “Nagoya University Day in Bangkok 2015.”
The day also featured sample lectures by Nagoya University scholars in the sciences and social sciences.
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