What makes a scientist?

A recent survey in The Scientist “some 425 readers told [the magazine] about the influences that guided them to become scientists; they cited an average of three influential factors.” The results are published in the most recent issue of The Scientist, Volume 17, Issue 21, Nov. 3, 2003. (Free Registration is required to access the article on-line.) These influential factors are as follows:

Innate curiosity – 70%
Teacher at secondary school – 46%
Parents – 46%
Teacher at university of college – 45%
Book(s) that I read – 39%
TV or radio program(s) – 18%
Other family member – 12%
Other person – 9%
Other influence 9%
Teacher in early life – 8%

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