"One story that the Prof.(Oakley) used to tell, is that when the SEM was being considered as a commercial product, a group of Marketing experts were sent out to make an evaluation of the number of SEMs that could be sold. ...they came back with probably between 6 (six), and 10 (ten) would saturate the market!"
"I believe that you have to take some intelligent risks to advance science."
"You have to be absolutely patient, but suddenly one atom was sitting right in front of the tip and I got atomic resolution. That’s the way to success, not giving up."
"One day I was testing my instrument and with my own eyes, for the first time in the world, I saw atoms working in a chemical reaction, changing their atomic structure, and it was absolutely thrilling."
"There was no physical law to prevent it."
"I didn't know enough diffraction theory to even know why what I was doing wouldn't work. That was a problem. I was too much of an empiricist at the time. I learned later that it's better to know what you are doing."
"The electron microscope is like the monkey wrench on the garage wall; what you do with it is the important thing."