Parentage and childhood
Ever since I knew what physics was, I have wanted to be a physicist. In this I was influenced by my parents, much more than by any teacher at school. My father and my mother both worked in the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge under J.J. Thomson, and, though neither made a career in science, they were both influenced by this experience and kept in touch with what was going on. Quite early in my life they communicated to me the excitement and importance of the subject.