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December 18, 2019
From: Interview by Guy Kawasaki, Remarkable People Podcast
Who were your heroes when you were at Eton?
I wasn’t really a very hero-oriented character. I didn’t really have… I mean, I wanted to be a physicist at that time. I knew about a bunch of the famous physicists of then and the famous physicists of before then. I started meeting those people by the time I was 14, 15 years old. As soon as you start meeting people, the whole concept of a distant hero disappears. I was like, “These are people. Some of them seem to know what they’re talking about. They seem smart”. Some of them didn’t seem so smart.
I don’t think I ever really had a… It’s bad. It’s one of those deficits. No, I didn’t really have particularly a… I also didn’t really have a role model. I wanted to sort of generically be a physicist, and that was kind of a generic role model.