John Pople — English Scientist born on October 31, 1925, died on March 15, 2004

Sir John Anthony Pople, KBE FRS was a theoretical chemist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Walter Kohn in 1998 for his development of computational methods in quantum chemistry... (wikipedia)

From an early age I was told that I was expected to do more than continue to run a small business. Education was important and seen as a way of moving forward.
I found a discarded textbook on calculus in a wastebasket and read it from cover to cover.
I abandoned chemistry to concentrate on mathematics and physics. In 1942, I travelled to Cambridge to take the scholarship examination at Trinity College, received an award and entered the university in October 1943.
Our children were mostly brought up and educated in the Churchill suburb east of Pittsburgh. Each summer, we took them back to England for an extended period.
I am delighted to have had students, friends and colleagues in so many nations and to have learned so much of what I know from them. This Nobel Award honours them all.