Only One Non-Worthless Person Left

This portrait of a French scientist who thinks too well of himself is today’s treasure.

“One of Professor Raoult’s abiding characteristics is that he knows that he’s very good,” Kahn told me. “But he considers everyone else to be worthless. And he always has. It’s not a recent development.” At his home, alongside a collection of Roman busts, he is said to keep a marble statue of himself.

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