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"The motivations of a scientist are always mixed and complex... every medical student has the desire to do good in the world. Making a small contribution to that effort is really in a sense the last significant thing that I want to do with my life. "

SIR GUSTAV, NOSSAL - 1960-2010 Australians of the Year, Wendy Lewis

"I am most proud about the science I've done with my own two hands because I have always thought that even if your life path takes you into a leadership position outside the area you were known for, your legitimacy remains in that first field."

SIR GUSTAV, NOSSAL -

"I did a lot of good work for the rest of the forty years... science is an incremental thing. Everything builds on everything else, it's a pattern, it's a mosaic."

SIR GUSTAV, NOSSAL - on his retirement in 1996

"The thrill of medical research is amazing. Prising out of nature her jealously guarded secrets combines with the humanitarian goal of better health to provide powerful twin motivations. The challenge of competing with the world's best is fantastic. I shall forever be grateful that The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research has given me the chance of spending forty years in this world. I can think of no better life. "

SIR GUSTAV, NOSSAL -

"Barry Jones once said that Australia is the only country where the word 'academic' is a pejorative. The academic sector has a vibrant and practical role to play in this complex world of ours. Higher education and research are worthy of your much closer attention. Yes, we can be and should be the clever country. Our progress can be within the highest ethical and moral framework. But this will only happen if we place appropriate emphasis on education, research and innovation within a truly international framework."

SIR GUSTAV, NOSSAL -

"Community leadership is the courage, creativity and capacity to inspire participation, development and sustainability for strong communities."

SIR GUSTAV, NOSSAL -