"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."
"There was no physical law to prevent it."
"I believe that you have to take some intelligent risks to advance science."
"The standard doesn't explain why you need a four letter acronym for three words. I think it just makes it sound more important."
"The most important thing in science is to be together with a colleague at that moment when you discover something. When some little piece of nature unfolds and you see something new. "
"A lot of the other companies, including GE, told me about their retirement plans and their beautiful new laboratories and not much about electron microscopy, but Zworykin showed me an old abandoned factory building. It was really a decrepit place. He asked me how soon can I build a microscope. "