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    For his doctoral thesis on the metabolism of earthworms, he had to gather over 5,000 worms from the campus grounds at the University of Michigan.
    Figuring no one would believe he was digging up worms for a PhD, he told any passersby who asked that he was doing it for a fraternity initiation. (‘They believed that.’)
    He frequently burned holes in his pockets by absent-mindedly putting his still-lit pipe in them.
    He survived childhood polio.
    His work on EGF led to the development of new drugs to fight cancer, heart disease, and dementia.
    He said there were two keys to successful research: ‘One, pay careful attention to your data and, two, be lucky.’

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