Author Affiliation: Dr Edwards is Professor
Emeritus in Human Reproduction, Cambridge University, and Chief Editor, Reproduction
BioMedicine Online, Cambridge, England.
The Lasker Foundation has set the highest standards in acknowledging
scientific worth since the mid-20th century, encouraging scientific excellence
and recognizing the forefront of modern research. However, diverse factors
lead to research excellence. Some investigators apparently simply see through
complex problems before beginning their research. Others move from one discovery
to the next, steadily enlarging their original theme. It is fascinating to
watch the inspiration of the former and the dogged determination of the latter.
There is also, of course, that mysterious matter of being lucky.
Edwards RG. The Lasker Foundation and Recognition of Scientific Excellence. JAMA. 2005;294(11):1422-1423. doi:10.1001/jama.294.11.1422