Another Nobel Prize winner often described as a “maverick” is Norman Borlaug. This revolutionary biologist saved a billion lives by developing disease-resistant wheat.
“You love wearing your Che Guevara shirts,” I told the audience. “He killed thousands of people in the name of the team. Borlaug is an individual who saved a billion lives. Where’s his T-shirt?”
Conspicuously absent from all this talk of Nobel prizes were Asians. I don’t know if it’s because Mao killed all the nonconformists, but there is something about the way they do things that engenders very little innovation.
Love it, but if I can indulge my own individuality here…