Presented as the President's Address at The Triological Society's 114th Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A., April 29, 2011.
Triological Society President's Address
Article first published online: 31 JAN 2012
Copyright © 2012 The American Laryngological, Rhinological, and Otological Society, Inc.
Volume 122, Issue 5, pages 1079–1081, May 2012
How to Cite
Berke, G. S. (2012), Scientific attributes of a researcher and member of the triological society. The Laryngoscope, 122: 1079–1081. doi: 10.1002/lary.22184
The authors have no funding, financial relationships, or conflicts of interest to disclose.
- Issue published online: 18 APR 2012
- Article first published online: 31 JAN 2012
- Accepted manuscript online: 11 OCT 2011 11:00AM EST
- Manuscript Accepted: 27 JUN 2011
- Manuscript Received: 8 JUN 2011
- The Triological Society President's Address;
- scientific attributes;
This presidential address discusses the comments from the first Mayo Clinic's Chair, Harold Lille, MD, regarding different contributions by members of The Triological Society in his 1939 presidential address. It then goes on to discuss scientific research attributes expected of members of the Society that were gleaned from a fusion of Dr. Berke's notions with what other famous researchers, inventors, and philosophers have said about aspects of research. The areas covered include research motivation, the process of research, the scientific method, imagination, intuition and luck, questioning in science, tenacity, ideas, and knowledge. In summary, the following are the expected attributes of a researcher and member of the Society. The individual should enjoy the creation of new knowledge and appreciate the mysteries of life and the joy of discoveries. He or she should be a staunch supporter of the scientific method, but should also understand that every researcher is a professional amateur, and that the process of research is often fraught with blind alleys and incorrect ideas and assumptions, and that ultimately hypotheses must be substantiated by experiments. A researcher must exhibit imagination and intuition augmented by tenacity and scientific questioning. Finally, he or she should recognize that chance favors the prepared mind, and always be on the lookout for novel ideas framed by a comprehension of existing knowledge, not just in one domain but across a broad horizon of disciplines.