I was thinking about Dana Scully this morning while getting ready for work, and what an inspiration she was to me when I was a teenager.
I was reminiscing about my teenage years and my daily bus ride home from the coast to my home in a small town among rainforest on a mountain and thinking about those times, Scully popped into my head.
Her character on the X-Files inspired me to pursue science, and specifically forensic science (and forensic pathology) as a career.
My career path took an alternative path and headed towards microbiology, research and now administration in scientific and university environments but I still credit the figure of Scully – analytical, scientific and strong, for me being a scientist.
As a teenage girl who knew she didn’t look like and was not like everyone else, she was an inspiration – a pretty redhead who wore suits, carried a gun and used her intelligence and knowledge, and not her looks and sexuality, to succeed.