"I was half asleep, thinking, 'How the heck can you stretch a magnetic field to straighten it up, to make it really circular, instead of slightly elliptical?' "
"Cell Biology finally makes possible a century old dream: that of analysis of diseases, at the cellular level - the first step towards their final control."
"As many of his colleagues can attest, the wave nature of the electron was no remote or discouragingly abstract conception to him. Peering at the viewing screen while he manipulated the controls of an electron microscope, he could be seen to be thinking in terms of wave functions. "
"It took me about twenty years before I had the right system that could be realized in practice and that scientist said it could work"
"I believe that you have to take some intelligent risks to advance science."
"The electron microscope is like the monkey wrench on the garage wall; what you do with it is the important thing."
"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"
"...can the human soul be glimpsed through a microscope? Maybe, but you'd definitely need one of those very good ones with two eyepieces."