Saturday, January 16, 2010

A promising career cut short?

He excelled academically at a young age. After graduating from Harvard, he completed a Ph.D in Mathematics at the University of Michigan. At aged 25, he became an Assistant Professor at University of California, Berkeley. He published a number of papers from his Ph.D, but according to Web of Science, they have rarely been cited. After two years, he resigned from Berkeley to pursue issues he was more passionate about. He wrote a pamphlet that some considered so important it was published in the New York Times and the Washington Post.

Where is he now?
In a US Federal Prison, serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

Who is he?
Theodore Kaczynksi, otherwise known as the Unabomber.

What went wrong?
A court-appointed psychiatrist diagnosed Kaczynski as suffering from paranoid schizophrenia.

What is my point?
Guard your mental health. The more brilliant you are the more vunerable you may be.

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