The Making of a Scientist | W. Peterson | Chapter 6 | Class X | English |


The Making of a Scientist by Robert W. Peterson



The Making of Scientist teaches us that everything is possible if one is determined to do anything. It revolves around a prodigy namely Richard Ebright who did a magnificent work in the field of science. He had always been inquisitive about the butterflies around him. As a result, he started collecting them at a tender age. Moreover, he was influenced by a book called ‘The Travel of Monarch X’ which was gifted to him by his mother. That book proved to be a turning point of his life for it introduced him to the gigantic world of science and paved his way for being one of the greatest scientists.

He undertook many assignments especially the one wherein he tried to figure out the prime reason of the illness that led to the death of all the monarch caterpillars. Initially, he considered beetle responsible for their death but he was proved wrong when he started rising caterpillars in the presence of beetles. On the other hand, one of his projects got the best prize in zoology and the third best in country science fair. He learned a lot in the supervision and guidance of Dr. Urquhart who taught him to simplify the most complex of the situations.

In his later years, he discovered an unknown insect hormone which further led to invention of a new theory based on the lives of cells. Ebright tried his level best to figure out the reason of tiny golden spots found on the back of pupa. To his surprise, he was ranked number one in country science fair and he got a chance to work with Walter Reed Army Institute of research.

Being a high school student, he moved on with his experimental skills till he was able to recognize and identify the chemical structure of hormones. In his new theory, he researched that cells can read the blueprint of its DNA. He moved further in his life with his experience and ultimately graduated from Harvard.

He was an outgoing person who had keen interest in public speaking, debating and photography too. He always wanted to give his best no matter what the circumstance was. Wherever he went, he made his presence feel there. He had all the personality traits of being a good scientist.

Short Answer Type Questions

Link of Other Chapters

First Flight, Class X, Chapter-wise Notes

1.      A Letter to God

2.      Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

3.      Two Stories about Flying

4.      From the Diary of Anne Frank

5.      The Hundred Dresses I

6.      The Hundred Dresses II

7.      Glimpses of India

8.      Mijbil the Otter (Deleted)

9.      Madam Rides the Bus

10.   The Sermon at Benares

11.   The Proposal


Footprints Without Feet, Class X, Chapter-wise Notes

1.      A Triumph of Surgery

2.      The Thief’s Story

3.      The Midnight Visitor (Deleted)

4.      A Question of Trust (Deleted)

5.      Footprints Without Feet

6.      The Making of a Scientist

7.      The Necklace

8.      The Hack Driver

9.      Bholi

10.   The Book That Saved the Earth (Deleted)


Class X, Writing Section, English Core

1.      Formal Letters

2.      Formats 

3.      Articles

4.      Reports

5.      Poetic Devices

Vocabulary/Grammar for Competitive Exams

1.      Vocabulary 1

2.      Vocabulary 2

3.      Grammar 


Class X, Poetry, English

1.      Dust of Snow

2.      Fire and Ice

3.      A Tiger in the Zoo

4.      How to Tell Wild Animals (Deleted)

5.      The Ball Poem

6.      Amanda

7.      Animals

8.      The Trees (Deleted)

9.      Fog (Deleted)

10.   The Tale of Custard the Dragon

11.  For Anne Gregory (Deleted)

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