To Be a Scientist or Businessman? That Is the Question

Edward Lowe: “With backgrounds in pharmacology, toxicology and molecular biology, a person naturally goes into research. A scientist usually becomes either a university researcher or a college professor. He or she typically receives government grants and lives happily ever after buried away in laboratories or classrooms. As a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Pharmacology at Yale University School of Medicine, Alfred E. “Buz” Brown was groomed to have a career as a research scientist; however, he didn’t resemble your typical scientist. As an undergraduate student, donning a ponytail and considering himself a moderate for the late ’60s, Buz ran three businesses, one of which was the campus laundry business. And as a graduate student, he was either holding several jobs or operating a business during the time he spent outside of the labs. Entrepreneurship seemed to be in his blood.”


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