“Hunger to Learn”, Dr. Paul Padley, Physics & Astronomy

I had a very clear drive from about the fifth grade that I was going to become a PhD researcher in science. And it’s absolutely clear as day, I can remember from that point being in the elementary school knowing that’s what I wanted to do. I was motivated by the desire to learn things and the idea that I would learn something before the rest of the world knew it is incredibly seductive to me. And so that was a driving force and I had that hunger from elementary school. My parents just said, they didn’t care what I wanted to be. They just wanted me to be the best at it. My father would literally say to me if you want to be a garbage collector, that’s fine, you just do the best you can do at being a garbage collector. And that was, that was, really the only guidance from my parents.