"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. "
"In our case the project was a great risk because for more than fifty years the people had not succeeded to improve the electron optics in spite of severe efforts"
"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."
"I believe that you have to take some intelligent risks to advance science."
"It is my intention to offer a prize of $1,000 to the first guy who can take the information on the page of a book and put it on an area 1/25,000 smaller in linear scale in such manner that it can be read by an electron microscope. "
"Once you add a computer between the microscope and the human observer, the whole game changes. At that point a microscope is no longer a device that has to generate a directly interpretable image. Now it's a device to record information."
"every graduate student is an individual and everybody has a different way of doing science, approaching science"