The Reward Of Perseverance

Photo from the Nobel Foundation archive.

In 1947, Dr. Chandrasekhar was asked to teach a follow-up seminar in astrophysics at the University of Chicago. At the time, he was living in Wisconsin conducting research at the Yerkes astronomical observatory. To teach, he had to travel 160 km twice a week including winter, but he accepted it anyway.

However, registration for the follow-up seminar was well below expectations. In fact, only two students signed up.

Fellow faculty members expect Dr. Chandrasekhar to cancel the advanced class, so as not to waste his precious time. But he decided to continue teaching the class and give his best to the two students enrolled.

The two college students, Chen Ning Yang and Tsung-Dao Lee, did not disappoint.

Ten years later, in 1957, both won the Nobel prize for physics. And in 1983, Dr. Chandrasekhar won the same award.

The goals to be achieved and the efforts to be made may seem to be in our favor or not. A good way to achieve a good goal is to do what needs to be done, regardless of the price to pay, the effort required, or the lack of support or appreciation of others. It is best to pursue the best ideals is to have integrity.

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.

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