Mildred S. Dresselhaus — American Scientist born on November 11, 1930,

Mildred Dresselhaus, known as the "queen of carbon science", is an institute professor and professor of physics and electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology... (wikipedia)

People who have it too easy in early life have a disadvantage for later on, because they get to thinking that everything is going to be easy.
The concept of graphene came along in 1947, but nobody paid much attention to it. I was fascinated because it had a linear E versus K while everything else that people were working on at that time had a quadratic dispersion relationship. I wondered why this was and what was so special about it. That was my fascination.
My older brother was a musical prodigy, and he got a scholarship to the Bronx House Music School. We moved to the Bronx when I was 4 to be close to his music school. Then I got a music scholarship myself, at the age of 6, but that was for a school down in Greenwich Village. I had to take the elevated train and then the subway to get there.
Energy is one topic on which different countries can work together collaboratively. If we can all produce energy from an element that's available in abundance on our planet, that would be a good thing, but we have to learn how to produce energy in large quantities, cheaply, efficiently and without detriment to the environment.
All the leadership positions that I have had have one common denominator: none has required that I give up my science work.