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As I grew older, my interests expanded to playing with chemistry: a friend and I experimented with homemade rockets, in part funded by money my parents gave me for lunch at school. One summer, we turned our hobby into a business as we tested our neighbors' soil for acidity and missing nutrients.
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At Rochester, I came with the same emotions as many of the entering freshman: everything was new, exciting and a bit overwhelming, but at least nobody had heard of my brothers and cousins.
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Beginning from a few intuitive postulates, far reaching consequences could be derived, and I took immediately to the sport of proving theorems.
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By the fourth grade, I graduated to an erector set and spent many happy hours constructing devices of unknown purpose where the main design criterion was to maximize the number of moving parts and overall size.
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By this time it was becoming obvious (even to me) that I would be much happier as an experimentalist and I told my advisor.
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Despite the importance of education in our family, my life was not completely centered around school work or recreational reading.
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Education in my family was not merely emphasized, it was our raison d'etre.
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Geometry was the first exciting course I remember.
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However, when my parents married in 1945, China was in turmoil and the possibility of returning grew increasingly remote, and they decided to begin their family in the United States.
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I also developed an interest in sports, and played in informal games at a nearby school yard where the neighborhood children met to play touch football, baseball, basketball and occasionally, ice hockey.
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I approached the bulk of my schoolwork as a chore rather than an intellectual adventure.
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I had spent all of my graduate and postdoctoral days at Berkeley and the faculty was concerned about inbreeding. As a solution, they hired me but also would permit me to take an immediate leave of absence before starting my own group at Berkeley.
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I joined Bell Laboratories in the fall of 1978. I was one of roughly two dozen brash, young scientists that were hired within a two year period.
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I performed adequately at school, but in comparison to my older brother, who set the record for the highest cumulative average for our high school, my performance was decidedly mediocre.
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In 1950, we settled in Garden City, New York, a bedroom community within commuting distance of Brooklyn Polytechnic.
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In my sophomore year, I became increasingly interested in mathematics and declared a major in both mathematics and physics.
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In the summer after kindergarten, a friend introduced me to the joys of building plastic model airplanes and warships.
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In this family of accomplished scholars, I was to become the academic black sheep.
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My physics teacher, Thomas Miner was particularly gifted. To this day, I remember how he introduced the subject of physics. He told us we were going to learn how to deal with very simple questions such as how a body falls due to the acceleration of gravity.
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Occasionally, I would focus on a particular school project and become obsessed with, what seemed to my mother, to be trivial details instead of apportioning the time I spent on school work in a more efficient way.
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The atoms become like a moth, seeking out the region of higher laser intensity.
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There were only two other Chinese families in this town of 25,000, but to our parents, the determining factor was the quality of the public school system.
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While still continuing in laser cooling and trapping of atoms, I have recently ventured into polymer physics and biology.
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