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Caroline West

The Power List 2020 – Europe


Professor, Institute of Organic and Analytical Chemistry, University of Orléans, France

Greatest inspiration: My mother. She is a role model both professionally and personally. We share the same love of learning new things and the desire to share that knowledge. I try to keep the same balance that she had of being deeply committed to her job, while always being present for her family.

Time travel destination: I would go back to the eighteenth century, when you could be both a writer, a scientist, a philosopher, and an artist – and when there was still so much to discover that you could be involved in several areas of science. Progress in science has made us all much more specialized – I don’t like being stuck in one box, I like to explore different areas.

Advice to younger self: Firstly, to be more indulgent. But more importantly, to be more forgiving to small deficiencies – in things, in people, and especially in myself. Perfection is not in this world. Just do your best!


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