Tonight I should like to thank all those who have shared my work and to acknowledge the debt that I owe to my wife whose encouragement to put research before all other things has been a great strength to me.
I have no doubt that we will be successful in harnessing the sun’s energy. If sunbeams were weapons of war we would have had solar energy centuries ago.
It is not only my laboratory and my place of work but also my home so that on the 30th October I was able to share my happiness immediately with my students and collaborators and at the same time with my wife and family.
When the honour is given to that scientist personally the happiness is sweet indeed. Science is on the whole an informal activity a life of shirt sleeves and coffee served in beakers.