One would obviously be under the impression that the winner of the world’s most prestigious award, the Nobel Prize, must have been excellent at that particular subject in school. However, there is actually one Chemistry Nobel Laureate who failed the subject in high school.
83-year-old Chemistry Nobel Laureate Tomas Lindahl, however, says that it’s because his teacher took a dislike to him.
On January 28, his 83rd birthday, the Nobel Prize Organisation took to Twitter to celebrate the Swedish scientist and his achievements. In the post, the world was reminded of how he holds the distinction of being the only Chemistry Laureate in the world who flunked the topic.
“At school I had a teacher that didn’t like me and I didn’t like him. At the end of the year he decided to fail me,” Dr Lindahl was quoted as saying by the official Instagram handle of the Nobel Prize.
“The ironic thing is that the topic was chemistry. I have the distinction of being the only Chemistry Laureate who failed the topic in high school!” it added.
“Great story,” wrote one person in the comments section.
“I’m glad it didn’t stop you from pursuing your path,” said another netizen.