• Question: What personality traits are important in order to be a sucessful scientist?

    Asked by Niamh to Ahmed, Francesca, George, James, Nitheen on 7 Nov 2014.
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      Francesca Paradisi answered on 7 Nov 2014:

      I think certainly curiosity is key. Being open minded comes close second, you need to let the results speak to you and be open to the possibility that your assumptions are wrong. Science teaches you to be humble!

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      George Dowson answered on 8 Nov 2014:

      I agree with Francesca! Curiosity and open mindedness are very important. Another aspect that’s important is perseverance. Often things won’t turn out how you want or expect them to and you shouldn’t take that personally!
      The philosopher and scientist Voltaire said: “No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thought”

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      James Sullivan answered on 8 Nov 2014:

      I think George and Francesca have covered most things here – I might add the ability to use logic effectively.

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      Ahmed Osman answered on 10 Nov 2014:

      Hi Niamh,
      thanks for this very good question
      I can summarize it in just three word