Later this fall, the world will applaud the latest Nobel Prize recipients, marvelling at the foresight of researchers who dreamed big and changed the world. What goes on quietly in university labs and libraries today may only be celebrated in 30 years—as we see with the Nobel—once the impacts are known. Consider John Polyani’s Nobel Prize in 1986 in chemical kinetics—in 1958 he discovered chemiluminescence reactions that continue to lead to discoveries in laser technology today.
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