Garden shed lab taught scientist early skills

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A prodigious young scientist developed his award-winning skills from his own back garden, it has been revealed.

Dr Gavin Crooks, 39, who hails from Hagworthingham in Lincolnshire and now lives in California, recently picked up a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers - a highly regarded honour which is only given to the most gifted young scientists.

Speaking to HorncastleNews.co.uk, Dr Crooks said he had developed his love for science as a child after setting up a lab in his home garden shed.

He also said he had been inspired by his late mother Juliet who was a biologist and taught at Boston College.

Dr Crooks, who now works as a theoretical scientist for the US Department of Energy at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in California, also spoke of his joy at receiving the award from President Barack Obama himself.

"He looked me in the eye, shook my hand, and said thank you. It was so cool," he said.

Posted by Martin Corby
    - 24 December 2010
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