Calculating Risk: Nobel Laureate Alan Heeger on Innovation and Getting it Right
“One does not stop learning when you finish your PhD, you’re only beginning.”
2000 was a pretty good year for Professor Alan Heeger. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his efforts in the discovery and development of conductive polymers and his first business venture, UNIAX was acquired by DuPont.
Nearly a decade later, he has yet to lose his nerve to innovate. Despite his remarkable success in both the academic and entrepreneurial sphere, he is still on the frontline of discovery and research, here at UC Santa Barbara.
He talks about the inherent risks innovation and starting your own business, the importance of being bold and the difficulty in getting it right. Read the rest of this entry »