June Cartoon

“Many of the select few who receive that call from Stockholm are, by that time in our lives, little more than spokesmen and women. We start off on our life’s journey as research scientists striving to catch hold of the coattails of the great and good, only to come to the realization, before too long, that we have reached our sell-by-date. In this Sidney Harris cartoon, the likes of me finds oneself at the podium, acting as the mouthpiece for a long line of accomplished young whippersnappers who have sustained and promoted my reputation – to the point where I am left holding a hot potato, thanks to all of them.”
— Fraser Stoddart, Northwestern University
[Shared the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Jean-Pierre Sauvage and Bernard L. Feringa]