Lawrence Stark Interview: Conversations with History; Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley

The Mind's Eye: Conversation with Lawrence Stark, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Engineering and Optometry; 8/16/00 by Harry Kreisler
Photo by Jane Scherr

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Lessons Learned

Larry, let me ask you, if your grandchildren should watch this videotape (and we might be able to arrange that), what lessons would you like them to learn from your life and work?

I think that they should feel very free and follow their spirit. In all directions.

Talking to students generally, how do you think they should prepare for the future?

By thinking of that examination question, where they're supposed to design an experiment that would make them famous, in spite of everybody else thinking it's crazy, at the same time they have to weigh the technical accessibility and their own capabilities to do that experiment. You can't just imagine something without doing something, without evaluating your abilities or evaluating what resources you have. But then, go for it.

Professor Stark, thank you very much for joining us today. It was a fascinating conversation about science, medicine, and engineering.

Thank you very much.

And thank you very much for joining us for this Conversation with History.

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