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The Making of a Scientist Summary Analysis and Explanation in English
About the Author
Robert W. Peterson (1925 Warren, Pennsylvania February 11, 2006) was an American newspaper writer who later became a freelance author of magazine articles and books, especially on the topics of sports and scouting. His 1970 chronicle of Negro league baseball titled ‘Only the Ball Was White’ was hailed by The New York Times as having “recaptured a lost era in baseball history and a rich facet of black life in America”. The baseball commissioner at the time, Bowie Kuhn, later credited Peterson’s book with having “focused greater attention on the accomplishments of Negro League players”, leading to their admission to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
|Author Name||Robert W. Peterson|
|Born||1925, United States|
|Died||11 February 2006, Salisbury, Pennsylvania, United States|
The Making of a Scientist Summary of the Lesson
Richard H. Ebright published the theory of how cells work in an article in the Proceeding of the National Academy of Science at the age of twenty-two.
Richard H. Ebright grew up reading in Pennsylvania. There he was not able to do anything. He was not able to play football or baseball too. But he said that he could do one thing—collect things. So he collected things.
In kindergarten, Ebright collected butterflies. He also collected rocks, fossils, and coins. He would observe the sky at night too. He would live with his mother, who encouraged his interest in learning.
She would take him on trips, bought him a telescope, microscope, cameras, mounting materials, and other materials required for learning. He lost his father when he was in third grade. Her mother would call him Richie.
Her mother would discuss with him every night and give him mental exercise instead of physical exercise which he wanted to learn.
By the time he was in second grade, Ebright had collected all twenty-five species of butterflies found around his hometown. Richard said that this would have been end of his butterfly collection.
But her mother gave him a children’s book called “The Travels of Monarch X, “That book, which told how monarch butterflies migrate to Central America, opened the world of science to Richard”. At the end of book readers were invited to help study butterfly migrations.
They were asked to tag butterflies for research by Dr Frederick A. Urquhart of the University of Toronto, Canada. Anyone who found a tagged butterfly was asked to send the tag to Dr Urquhart. If you tried to catch them one by one, you won’t catch many.
So Richard raised a flock of butterflies. He would catch a female monarch, take her eggs, and raise them in his basement through their life cycle, from egg to caterpillar to pupa to adult butterfly. Then he would tag the butterflies wings’ and let them go.
For several years his basement was home to thousands of monarchs in different stages of development.
He got a hint of what a real science is when he entered a country science fair, and lost. He said that, it was a sad feeling to sit there and not get anything while everybody else had won something. His entry was slides of frog tissues, which he showed under a microscope.
He realized that winners had tried to do real experiments. And he decided that for the next year, he has to do something extraordinary than offers. So he asked to Dr Urquhart for suggestions and back came a stack of suggestions.
For his eighth grade project, Ebright tried to find the cause of a viral disease that kills nearly all monarch caterpillars every few years. Ebright thought the disease might be carried by a beetle. So he rose caterpillars in the presence of beetles. But he didn’t get any real result. But he went ahead and showed that he had tried the experiment.
The next year his science fair project was testing the theory that viceroy butterflies copy monarchs. The theory was that viceroys look like monarchs because monarchs don’t taste good to birds. Viceroys, on the other hand, do taste good to birds.
So the more they look like monarchs, the less likely they are to become a bird’s dinner. Ebright’s project was to see whether, in fact, birds would eat monarchs. He found that a starling would not eat ordinary bird food.
It eats all the monarchs it could get. (Ebright said later that research by other people showed that viceroys probably do copy the monarch.) This project was placed.first in the zoology division and third overall in the country science fair.
In his second year in high school, Richard Ebright began the research that led to his discovery of an unknown. insect hormone.