Fate, Flack and Flair

I hadn't necessarily intended to become a scientist. I went to a liberal arts college (Smith College, Northampton, Mass.) without any clear idea of what I would eventually do and just became captivated by cell biology. 

Margaret Robinson
Mar 9, 2003
Courtesy of Margaret Robinson
 Margaret Robinson Wellcome Principal Fellow and University Reader, University of Cambridge

Early Indications: I hadn't necessarily intended to become a scientist. I went to a liberal arts college (Smith College, Northampton, Mass.) without any clear idea of what I would eventually do and just became captivated by cell biology. Arriving at Cambridge just sort of happened. I came to the end of my second postdoc at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology without any prospects, and needing to stay in Cambridge because I'd married a tenured scientist at the LMB. Fortunately my current department at the time was keen for me to join them, even though they didn't have any positions. I applied for a Wellcome Senior Fellowship and got one. I've been there ever since.

Pivotal paper: I guess the first paper that distinguished my work as a scientist was the one I wrote as...

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