A genius of discovery, scientist Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (1893-1986) was born on this day in Budapest, Hungary, the son of landowners.
"Very often, when you look for one thing, you find something else," he once said.
The remarkable biochemistry pioneer fought in World War I before earning his medical degree in 1917. In response to the Nazi invasion of World War II, he successful helped the resistance movement, then immigrated to the U.S. in 1947.
About human nature, he observed, "When everyone begins to laugh at you, then you know you are two steps ahead."
Szent-Gyorgyi lost both his wife and daughter to cancer. For over 40 years, he passionately conducted research to help find a cure for the disease.
"Discovery is seeing what everybody else has seen, and thinking what nobody else has thought," he explained.
In 1928, the highly-admired scientist was the first to isolate vitamin C (ascorbic acid) in Hungarian paprika. He won the 1937 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for his biological combustion discoveries. He later won the Lasker Award for his research on heart-muscle contraction.
"The key to happiness is not to get more, but to enjoy what we have and to fill the empty frame of our lives instead of enlarging it," he said.
Celebrate this wondrous phenomenon called life!