If, instead of this remark, my father had taken the pains to explain to me that the principles of Agrippa had been entirely exploded and that a modern system of science had been introduced which possessed much greater powers than the ancient, because the powers of the latter were chimerical, while those of the former were real and practical, under such circumstances I should certainly have thrown Agrippa aside and have contented my imagination, warmed as it was, by returning with greater ardour to my former studies.

– Mary Shelley

Frankenstein, Chapter 2. Victor was not inspired by his father to follow science, which was not a big field at the time but almost frowned upon. Rather he was self-inspired.