Peter Smith, University of Arizona
What was your first job?
He was an undergrad assistant at UC Berkeley in the spectroscopy lab.
What got you interested in science?
His father was a medical researcher and a scientist, the discussions his father had with his colleagues fascinated Peter. Peter loved science fiction. He was good at science in school, which was a positive reinforcement.
Who has been a mentor for you and how was that helpful?
His professor at Berkeley was a mentor, he worked in spectroscopy. He helped him understand how wavelengths could be broken up, and how all the machines work.
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
He would be a professional golfer.