Noble beginnings: The first jobs of Nobel Prize winners

Fri Apr 4, 2014 7:08am EDT
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By Chris Taylor

NEW YORK (Reuters) - We all start somewhere.

Reuters has proven this edict since last August, when we started asking some of America's greatest achievers about the first jobs they had. We have talked to chief executives of billion-dollar companies, beloved authors, TV personalities and tech gurus.

But then we figured: Let's talk to an even more elite club. And you can't get much more exclusive than those who have reached the absolute pinnacle of human achievement: the Nobel Prize.

Here, in conjunction with the release of the nation's monthly jobs report, some American Nobel winners recount their very first humble gigs and the unlikely lessons that set them on the path to extraordinary achievement.

Name: Eugene Fama

Affiliation: University of Chicago

Nobel in Economic Sciences for: "empirical analysis of asset prices"

First job: Car washer   Continued...

Photos of the 2013 Nobel Prize laureates in Economic Sciences Eugene Fama (L-R), Lars Peter Hansen and Robert Shiller are displayed during a news conference at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm October 14, 2013. REUTERS/Claudio Bresciani/TT News Agency