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In his book "The Mysterious Island," Jules Verne describes how an engineer turned a deserted island into a verdant garden. As a child, I wanted to be exactly that: someone who makes everything from nothing. But I never dreamed that this desire would one day win me the most important recognition there is for a scientist - the Nobel.

When I lecture to young students, I always tell them that if they want to be successful scientists who make a contribution, they have to be experts in their fields. But a good scientist also needs faith. I believed in something, and it was hard to break my spirit, despite all the hardships and criticism.

Every scientist who wants to make a definitive contribution to humanity has to know that he's right and stand his ground. It's important to remember that while the Nobel Prize is an important achievement, it's not the main thing.