When it was time to decide on a college, future Nobel laureate David Baltimore turned down Harvard and Cornell and elected to earn his undergraduate degree at Swarthmore College, a small Quaker school in Pennsylvania. • Nobelist Harold E. Varmus graduated from Amherst College in central Massachusetts. • And HHMI President Thomas R. Cech, who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1989, says that "the intellectual cross-training" in the humanities and arts that he received at Iowa's Grinnell College made a profound difference in his life. • Every scientist follows his or her own path, but how likely is it that future Nobelists will track in the footsteps of Cech and company to pursue undergraduate studies at liberal arts colleges? Judging from the trends, very likely. continued...
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