Molecular biologists Carol Greider and Elizabeth Blackburn jointly won the 2009 Nobel Prize in Medicine.
Greider,who is dyslexic has always struggled with reading and pronouncing words. In fact still Greider wrestles with dyslexia, though for years, she didn’t know her learning disability had a name.
“You learn to overcome it,” says Greider, whose son also has dyslexia. “For me, it was a problem of self-esteem because I was put in with all the kids who needed remedial help. But I liked reading. Once I read more, it got easier.”
Still, spelling and sounding out words remained difficult, so Greider relied on her photographic memory. She got A-plusses in anatomy and chemistry, but standardized tests always tripped her up. Her GRE ( Graduate record examinations ) scores were poor and as result only two of the 10 universities she applied to accepted her. Greider calls dyslexia a different way of viewing the world. “Sometimes,” she says, “it’s an advantage.”
From :Dome magazine( John Hopkins Medical Family ) - –Judy F. Minkove
Other dyslexic Nobel winners are : Pierre Curie who won the The Nobel Prize in Physics 1903
And Archer J.P. Martin - The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1952
Dr. Archer Martin, a British biochemist won a 1952 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discovering an analytical technique for separating and identifying the parts of complex mixtures. He earned his undergraduate and doctorate degrees at Cambridge. As a child, he had dyslexia and could not read properly until he was 8. Still, he fell in love with science and even built five-foot-high distillation columns in his basement similar to those used in oil refineries !!