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Christian de Duve

Belgian,  Scientist
Total Quotes : 32
Worlds Might Could

Although separating mitochondria and microsomes might appear worlds apart from the determination of the molecular weight of macromolecules, certain concepts were common to the two operations and could be usefully transposed from the latter to the former.

- Christian de Duve

Geography Sweden Lectures

I followed lectures on the history, geography, economy and political organization of Sweden.

- Christian de Duve

Career Turned Spoke

Due to these various circumstances, when I entered the Catholic University of Louvain in 1934, I had already travelled in a number of European countries and spoke four languages fairly fluently. This turned out to be a valuable asset in my subsequent career as a scientist.

- Christian de Duve

Question Answer Even

I cannot look at a question and not try to find the answer, even if I don't know it.

- Christian de Duve

Career Student Seduced

Although attracted by the humanities, I had chosen medicine as a career, seduced by the image of the 'man in white' dispensing care and solace to the suffering. But science was lurking around the corner, in the form of an unpaid student assistantship in the laboratory of physiology.

- Christian de Duve

Education City German

Born in England during the First World War, of Belgian parents with partly German roots, I grew up in the cosmopolitan city of Antwerp, where I had the benefit of a classical education taught in the two national languages of Belgium: French and Dutch.

- Christian de Duve

Sick Cells Because

We are sick because our cells are sick.

- Christian de Duve

Society Stop Call

We know that once we stop learning and call ourselves learned, we become useless members of the scientific society.

- Christian de Duve

Existence Might Considered

The possibility that lysosomes might accidentally become ruptured under certain conditions, and kill or injure their host-cells as a result, was considered right after we got our first clues to the existence of these particles.

- Christian de Duve

Believe Had Our

I believe that the writers of Genesis had detected the inherent selfishness in human nature that I propose is in our genes, and invented the myth of original sin to account for it. It's an image. I am not acting as an exegete - I don't interpret scripture.

- Christian de Duve

Waste Increasingly Suburbs

Overcrowded cities are spawning increasingly lawless suburbs. Waste is accumulating in and around them, straining the capacity to deal with it.

- Christian de Duve

Play Genetic Larger

Speaking as a biologist, I think women are less aggressive than men, and they play a larger role in the early education of the young and helping them overcome their genetic heirloom.

- Christian de Duve

Living Concerned Looked

What I was concerned with was life: what are the major features that are common to all living organisms that subtly define life. So I looked at the whole problem as a chemist, as a biochemist, and as a molecular biologist.

- Christian de Duve

Fortune Made Had

I have had the good fortune to live - as an inside witness and, even, a modest participant - at a time when our understanding of this wonder we call 'life' has made its most revolutionary advances.

- Christian de Duve

Habitat Some Humankind

The cost of our success is the exhaustion of natural resources, leading to energy crises, climate change, pollution, and the destruction of our habitat. If you exhaust natural resources, there will be nothing left for your children. If we continue in the same direction, humankind is headed for some frightful ordeals, if not extinction.

- Christian de Duve

Memory Broke Hugo

The war broke out, and for a number of years I lived in darkness, with the memory of the lakes, the trees and the skies of Sweden, until I returned in 1946 to spend two unforgettable years in the laboratory of Hugo Theorell.

- Christian de Duve

Education Country Harbour

My parents, of Belgian-German extraction, were Belgian nationals who had taken refuge in England during the war. They returned to Belgium in 1920, and I grew up in the cosmopolitan harbour city of Antwerp, at a time when education in the Flemish part of the country was still half French and half Flemish.

- Christian de Duve

New Which Very

Our investigations were very fruitful. They led to the discovery of a new cell part, the lysosome, which received its name in 1955, and later of yet another organelle, the peroxisome.

- Christian de Duve

Survive Trying Witness

Vast areas are witness to the struggles of destitute populations trying to survive under unlivable conditions.

- Christian de Duve

Knew Had Discovered

I knew the lysosomes and peroxisomes because I had discovered them; I knew the mitochondria because I was interested in them. I knew the membrane system because my friend, George Palade, had worked on that.

- Christian de Duve