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I came across this, this, this and this.

This professor at IIT is very well known for his books on physics in India. I can't find the exact link on Quora, but the answer said that he didn't marry because he loved his research too much.

I'm specifically asking if personal (family) life hinders or holds a person back from reaching one's full research potential.

Just a speculation - maybe a person could achieve a Nobel or likewise in his field if he could have spent more time on research than taking care or be there for his family. Maybe not.

I'm not asking strategies to balance work-life.

closed as off-topic by ff524 Oct 28 '15 at 7:18

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    I've never met anyone in academia or other research institution around the world having troubles balancing personal and professional lives. My friends in industry have much more trouble, instead. – Massimo Ortolano Oct 27 '15 at 21:50
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    @RoboKaren that's not really academia-specific, though. – ff524 Oct 27 '15 at 21:56
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    @vkv: No, industry it's not a 9-5 job, especially if you hold a high level position. I have friends in industry who work around the clock and that are sent around the globe with little notice to work in harsh environments 12-14 hours a day. And I'm talking of engineers or PhDs. – Massimo Ortolano Oct 27 '15 at 21:59
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    The highest-voted answer to your first link gives a very good answer. Personally, I'm doing my PhD now and have two beautiful daughters. If anything, they help me focus when I'm at work, so I put in a solid 8 hours and then go home and play with them. My fellow PhD students without kids are much less efficient with their time at work. – semi-extrinsic Oct 27 '15 at 22:05
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    As @scaaahu says, the answer is almost certainly "Yes" for some people and "no" for others. That's why I call it a "poll" - there isn't a right answer, just everybody describing what their own life is like, and that's off topic here. – ff524 Oct 28 '15 at 13:43