Author: Martin Perl - American - Physicist

A parent being called to the school because their child had misbehaved was as serious as a parent being called to the police station because their child had robbed a bank.-Martin Lewis Perl
[ Bank Because Being Called Child Had Parent Police Robbed School Serious Station Their] [Martin Lewis Perl]

About 1900 my parents came to the United States as children from what was then the Polish area of Russia.-Martin Lewis Perl
[ Area Came Children Parents Polish Russia States Then United] [Martin Lewis Perl]

As Jews, their families left Russia to escape the poverty and the antisemitism.-Martin Lewis Perl
[ Antisemitism Escape Families Jews Left Poverty Russia Their] [Martin Lewis Perl]

Going to school and working for good marks, indeed working for very good marks, was a serious business.-Martin Lewis Perl
[ Business Going Good Indeed Marks School Serious Very Working] [Martin Lewis Perl]

I learned quickly, as I tell my graduate students now, there are no answers in the back of the book when the equipment doesn't work or the measurements look strange.-Martin Lewis Perl
[ Answers Back Book Equipment Graduate Learned Look Measurements Now Quickly Strange Students Tell Work] [Martin Lewis Perl]

I read everything: fiction, history, science, mathematics, biography, travel.-Martin Lewis Perl
[ Biography Everything Fiction History Mathematics Read Science Travel] [Martin Lewis Perl]

I was also interested in chemistry, but my parents were not willing to buy me a chemistry set.-Martin Lewis Perl
[ Also Buy Chemistry Interested Parents Set Were Willing] [Martin Lewis Perl]

It was good fortune to be a child during the Depression years and a youth during the war years.-Martin Lewis Perl
[ Child Depression During Fortune Good War Years Youth] [Martin Lewis Perl]

My parents regarded school teachers as higher beings, as did many immigrants.-Martin Lewis Perl
[ Beings Did Higher Immigrants Many Parents Regarded School Teachers] [Martin Lewis Perl]

My parents were determined to move into the middle class.-Martin Lewis Perl
[ Class Determined Into Middle Move Parents Were] [Martin Lewis Perl]

Naturally, I have compensated in my adult years by owning very large numbers of books.-Martin Lewis Perl
[ Adult Books Compensated Large Naturally Numbers Owning Very Years] [Martin Lewis Perl]

Natures' curriculum cannot be changed.-Martin Lewis Perl
[ Cannot Changed Curriculum Natures] [Martin Lewis Perl]

The remoteness of my parents from the schools, so unfashionable today, was often painful for me, but I learned early to deal with an outside and sometimes hard world.-Martin Lewis Perl
[ Deal Early Hard Learned Often Outside Painful Parents Schools Sometimes Today Unfashionable World] [Martin Lewis Perl]

Their educations ended with high school - my father going to work as a clerk and then salesman in a company dealing in printing and stationary, and my mother working as a secretary and then bookkeeper in a firm of wool merchants.-Martin Lewis Perl
[ Clerk Company Dealing Educations Ended Father Firm Going High Merchants Mother Printing Salesman School Secretary Stationary Their Then Wool Work Working] [Martin Lewis Perl]

There were two free public libraries within walking distance of my home; I remember taking six books home from every visit, the limit set by the library.-Martin Lewis Perl
[ Books Distance Every Free Home Libraries Library Limit Public Remember Set Six Taking Two Visit Walking Were Within] [Martin Lewis Perl]

They wanted me to play more sports because they were acutely sensitive to their children being one hundred percent American, and they believed that all Americans played sports and loved sports.-Martin Lewis Perl
[ Acutely American Americans Because Being Believed Children Hundred Loved More Percent Play Played Sensitive Sports Their Wanted Were] [Martin Lewis Perl]

This was good training for research, because large parts of experimental work are sometimes boring or involve the use of skills in which one is not particularly gifted.-Martin Lewis Perl
[ Because Boring Experimental Gifted Good Involve Large Particularly Parts Research Skills Sometimes Training Use Which Work] [Martin Lewis Perl]

Whatever the course, whether the course was boring or interesting to me, whether I was talented in mathematics or not talented in languages, my parents expected A's.-Martin Lewis Perl
[ Boring Course Expected Interesting Languages Mathematics Parents Talented Whatever Whether] [Martin Lewis Perl]