"Its pictures had for me the effect of the song of a mermaid: irresistible and half transparent."
"The electron microscope is like the monkey wrench on the garage wall; what you do with it is the important thing."
"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!"
"A project for a Ph.D. student must provide him with good training and, if he is doing experimental work, there is much to be said for choosing a problem which involves the construction or modification of some fairly complicated apparatus. I have always felt that university research in engineering should be adventurous and should not mind tackling speculative projects"
"every graduate student is an individual and everybody has a different way of doing science, approaching science"
"Our century has seen the creation of new means of doing research. In particular, the electron microscope and chemical and biochemical methods of analysis have revolutionized our knowledge of the foundations of life..."
"Scientific inquiry starts with observation. The more one can see, the more one can investigate. Indeed, we often mark our progress in science by improvements in imaging. "
"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."