He pairs his Teva-style sandals with his black dress socks and strides confidently through the world.
And with that flair for style and confidence, he writes the funniest resume we’ve ever seen. When you’re at the top, you can do what you please. Although, by the look of this resume, we have a feeling that he probably always got away with doing as he pleased.
Keep in mind, this is from his official page on the university's website.
Any good CV should start at the beginning, right? Dubochet takes that literally. At least he didn’t provide more details of said conception. I hope his parents were not only optimistic, but also in possession of excellent senses of humor.
Good thing we forcefully spit out our coffee with the first entry, because this is the second line item on his resume.
Here Dubochet deftly combines his irreverent sense of humor with his career of scientist and teacher. A shoutout to Copernicus totally makes it OK for a Nobel Prize–winning scientist to mention overcoming his fear of the dark on his CV. Also, he’s clearly always been gifted, because he was only 5 years old when he came to terms with darkness.
Then we come to 1968 — an important year for many people. I guess. We don't know why it was important to Dubochet, but it's not for us to know.
This one follows a few other entries:
1st part of an experimental scientific career in Vallis and Lausanne (instruments: knives, needles, strings, matches).
First official dyslexic in the canton of Vaud — this permitted being bad at everything … and to understand those with difficulties.
Federal maturity exam.
Physicist-engineer at EPUL to become biologist.
The '70s were tough for a lot of people.
Is there any among us who wouldn’t be better off today had we spent six years devoted to psychoanalysis? Dubochet’s resume ricochets between absurdity, hilarity, and real entries. Immediately after the 1970–76 entry, he writes:
Group leader at EMBL (Heidelberg); how to introduce water in electron microscopy. Discovery of water vitrification and development of cryo-electron microscopy.
So that’s definitely real and super-resume-y.
Just before it, the entry reads:
Thesis in biophysics at Geneva and Basle with Eduard Kellenberger who taught me biophysics, ethical responsibility and durable friendship.
Awww, he has a friend! I want to talk about my friends on my resume.
His quirky resume is getting some media attention now that he’s been awarded the Nobel Prize.