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Brown physics student earns PhD at age 89

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    I usually don't do bulk quotes, but this guy's life story is so impressive... [...] [...] [...] This is such a great story. I love this gentleman's devotion to learning new things and following...

    I usually don't do bulk quotes, but this guy's life story is so impressive...

    To say that Steiner’s path to a Ph.D. in physics was not a traditional one would be an understatement. As a young man, Steiner fled the chaos of his birthplace of Vienna as World War II ended and eventually made his way to the United States.

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    Steiner went on to earn a medical doctorate in 1955 from the University of Vienna and soon after his graduation he made his way to Washington, D.C. where he finished his initial training in internal medicine.

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    n 1968 he was appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine working primarily in research and was made full Professor of Medicine in 1978. In 1985 Steiner was appointed head of the hematology section of the medical school, a position he held until 1994. When approaching retirement, an associate of his was made chief of hematology at the University of North Carolina, Greenville and he asked Steiner to join him to establish a research program in hematology which he directed until 2000 when he retired from medicine and returned to Rhode Island.

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    Steiner did not consciously set out to earn a third doctoral degree when he began his studies at Brown. “Originally I just wanted to take classes, doing something that helped my mind and was interesting to me.” But by the Spring of 2007 Steiner had completed enough classes to be admitted to the graduate school as a Ph.D. degree candidate in Physics. “It took a long time because I only took one or two classes every semester,” says Steiner, “but eventually, I had completed all requirements to enter graduate school.” Steiner says he had some “serious medical issues” that delayed his progress.

    This is such a great story. I love this gentleman's devotion to learning new things and following his passion.

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