- They identified the right problem
- They were passionate about their work
- They were willing to attempt approaches that they were not initially familiar with
- They were not the most intelligent scientists pursuing the answer
Rosalyn Franklin was widely believed at the time of Watson and Crick’s discovery to be the smartest one working on discovering the structure of DNA. It was believed (by herself also) that she was so smart that she rarely sought advice or asked for input. Rosalyn could have been the scientist to go down in history had she been a little more humble. A great lesson for all of us.