Mr. President, members of the Society, and guests:

This is the most important moment in my scientific life. I thank all who were involved in choosing my name for this invaluable honor; and I thank you, Pete, for finding such kind and thoughtful words in your introduction.

Yes, it was a difficult time, which Peter and I—both of 1930 vintage—were born into. But with the humanistic attitude that Peter Wyllie and so many American friends showed, even the defeated former enemies were able to participate in a development of the world which—in its grandeur of progress—has never happened before, and...

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