Of course it’s always great to get recognition for the work that you are doing, and it is a tremendous honour to be chosen for an award. But most important, I think, is the opportunity to inspire others; both in terms of showing young people that a career in science is an exciting option, sharing useful advice, and also publicising the kinds of fascinating and fundamental questions that researchers in my field are striving to answer.
Quantum biology holds the hope of an answer to fascinating questions such as: What distinguishes a life form from the matter of which it is made? What are the origins and nature of life itself? If the funding and publicity that result from awards can lead us closer to understanding such puzzles, then, yes, they would have contributed to my success as a researcher.