ALICE, Texas — Regardless of from which path you enter the Alice metropolis limits, you may probably see a billboard recognizing an fascinating truth about that Jim Wells County city.
Alice is the birthplace of two winners of the Nobel Prize — Dr. Robert Curl in 1996 and Dr. James Allison in 2018.
There have been fewer than 1,000 so-called Nobel Laureates worldwide within the 120 yr historical past of the award.
“I suppose it’s a coincidence, however there is likely to be one thing within the water,” Curl joked.
“Some folks say, ‘Perhaps it’s within the water, or possibly it’s within the mosquitoes,” Allison quipped.
Each scientists could also be Alice-natives, however their experiences there are fairly totally different.
Curl was born in Alice, however his household moved away quickly after his second birthday. He hasn’t been again to go to, however he has seen an image of the billboards.
“It appears good,” Curl stated. “I recognize it. It’s one of many extra enjoyable acknowledgments of the prize.”
He and a colleague at Rice College gained the Nobel Prize in chemistry for locating a molecule that is now utilized in nanotechnology, regardless that it took a number of years to search out that use for it.
“Science strikes sort of slowly,” Curl stated. “Some issues get transformed for sensible use fairly early, and different issues take awhile.”
Allison gained the Nobel Prize in drugs for creating a remedy wherein the human physique’s pure immune system assaults most cancers cells. He says it is now used everywhere in the world on tons of of 1000’s of sufferers.
“I at all times hoped to do one thing — you already know, go away the world a greater place from having been right here,” Allison stated. “I believe I’ve finished it in my very own small means. It feels good.”
Not like Curl, Allison was raised in Alice, graduating from Alice Excessive College in 1965.
“I used to be fortunate in that I had a number of academics and several other counselors that actually acknowledged one thing in me, and helped me get into particular applications,” he stated.
Each Nobel Laureates now stay within the Houston-area, however they’re grateful for his or her Alice roots.
“I’m grateful to the Metropolis of Alice for the billboard,” Curl stated. “I hope it encourages the younger folks of Alice to get desirous about science.”
“I am type of pleased with it,” Allison stated. “It’s the place I got here from, and they’d be proud sufficient of me to place my ugly face on an indication all people sees coming into city.”