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Powerful Motivation

ByTom MillerThe Secret Life of Scientists and EngineersThe Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers

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When you’ve been a prodigy—as Eva Vertes has—age matters a little more than it does to us non-prodigy types. And one of the great things about being part of the SLoS team is that, even though Eva’s videos only run a total of about eight minutes, we actually got to interview her for more than two hours.

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Eva’s grandmother in the lab (Courtesy Eva Vertes)

And while we were interviewing her, Eva told us stories relating to two specific ages—44 and 2.

Story #1: Eva is named after her grandmother, also Eva Vertes, a chemist who worked in a diabetes research laboratory. Eva told us that her grandmother “was very passionate about her research…and my grandfather says that there are lots of similarities between her and me. But at 44, she died of cancer of the stomach, so I never got to meet her.” Eva didn’t originally think that she’d switched from Alzheimer’s to cancer research because of her feelings for her grandmother. But she now believes “there is a connection there—in a way, maybe I am doing this partly for her.”

Watch all four of Eva’s videos here at our site. Ask her your questions in the post below. And then be sure to check out her TED talk on her ideas about the future of medicine.