Andre Geim

What are you most trying to accomplish in your work? 

Find 'white spots' in our knowledge which have not been explored, 'where no man has gone before'.

What do you think sets your work apart from the work of others in your field?

Frequent jumps from one subfield to another. Moving fast and far, rather than exploiting the same subject during the whole career from a scientific cradle to a scientific coffin.

What or who inspired you to get into your field? Do you have any individuals or groups of people that you credit with helping you achieve the goals you set out to accomplish?

Lonely warrior of science I am afraid as my Nobel plus IgNobel perhaps prove.

What role has serendipity played in the turning points in your career? 

Luck is always important but serendipity differs from luck in that you have to chase it by working hard and by constantly training your brain cells.

What have been the greatest challenges that you have encountered in your career?

Re-starting my career from absolute zero at the age of 32 when I left my home country for England, penniless and with no science credit that counted.

Do you believe leaders and innovators have certain qualities that they all share? If so, what?

They all are hard working.

How would you most like to change the world through your work?

Homo sapiens is not a very wise animal, despite its Latin name. I hope my work contributes a little to make the self-bragging term a bit closer to the reality.

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