“Life is long, and you can have many different lives. You can learn many different things, and you never know when they will be useful, so learn as much as you can and combine your knowledge in new ways. Adapt, be flexible and never stop learning”. These were the words of Frances Arnold in an interview with El País.
Few months after the death of Francisco Franco Spain’s dictator for about 40 years. At age 19, Frances Arnold arrived in Madrid, Spain, for a summer internship at Westinghouse, which is the manufacturer of the first nuclear reactors in Spain. Arnold was in a shared apartment on Ibiza street, next to the city’s Retiro park. “I spent a wonderful summer in Madrid in 1976. I was young, Spain’s new democracy was young it was a constant party” recalled Frances now at 64 in an interview with El País.
Born in Pittsburgh, Arnold had by then already worked as a waitress in a pizza restaurant and jazz club, as a receptionist and a taxi driver. And according to Arnold “life is long so you can live many different lives”.