I discovered the fascinating scientist and thinker Santiago Ramón y Cajal (May 1, 1852 – Oct. 17, 1934) not long ago among the always excellent writings of Maria Popova:
I don’t think I could improve upon her excellent article at all, so I recommend that to you first. Her article summarizes Cajal’s observations about the ways in which we can so easily defeat ourselves in the pursuit of excellence. I, for one, find that his observations and advice offer very wise guidance, a series of signposts marking pitfalls that can entrap our egos all too easily. Cajal clearly lived by his own advice, and his achievements were marked by hard work and dogged perseverance as well as brilliant insight.
Learn more about Cajal’s life and scientific achievements:
Life and Discoveries of Santiago Ramón y Cajal – by Marina Bentivoglio for Nobelprize.org
Santiago Ramón y Cajal – by Abdellatif Nemri for Scholarpedia
Santiago Ramón y Cajal – Biographical – from Nobel Lectures, Physiology or Medicine 1901-1921, Elsevier Publishing Company, Amsterdam, 1967, at Nobelprize.org
Santiago Ramón y Cajal: Spanish Histologist – by the editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica
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