He won the 2018 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for developing a phage display, which allows a virus that infects bacteria to evolve new proteins. He is University of Missouri professor George P. Smith, and he is the first University of Missouri professor to receive a Nobel Prize for research conducted at the University. On campus he is known as a kind and modest genius, and on Tuesday, the biology professor said he is donating it all to launch the Missouri Nobel Scholarship Fund for students in the College of Arts and Sciences.
“This might surprise some people, but my first degree was actually a bachelor of arts, not a bachelor of science,” Smith said at a community event in Columbia with his wife, Margie. “My liberal arts education was the springboard for a lifetime of learning and cultural engagement. Margie and I hope that supporting the liberal arts as a whole will enrich the lives of future Mizzou students, whatever careers they choose.” The announcement marked the start of Wednesday’s annual Mizzou Giving Day, designed to encourage support for the university.
MU and the University of Missouri System contributed an additional $300,000 toward the new fund, raising the gift to more than half a million dollars. The University also stated that any contributions others might make to the fund will be matched dollar for dollar by the university through its Promise & Opportunity Scholarship Program.
As for what the Professor will keep as reward for his scientific efforts? Aside from winning one of the most prestigious awards in the world, the university honored him with his own space on a campus bike rack. It was just what Smith wanted. He lives less than a mile away and rides his bike to work every day.
His donation and the beginning of this fund could go a long way to improving the education of numerous students going forward. And improving the lives of others is truly worth noting. You can read more about your Good News Story of the Day here.
Story and Image from The Kansas City Star.