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January 4th, 2010
Jim Tour wanted to be a trooper. But now he's a leading scientist at Rice, building on groundbreaking work of nanotechnology pioneer Rick Smalley.
As a teen pumping gas on a highway north of New York City, Jim Tour dreamed of becoming a state trooper. It beat filling tanks.
The notion of Tour as a highway cop is almost laughably discordant with present-day reality. Three decades later, the trim, intense, 50-year-old Tour has established himself as one of the leading, if not premier, scientists at Rice University.
And he's learned to dream big.
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