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

I apologize for not being here: I’m sure it hurts me more than it hurts you. I am on the Executive Board of ICSU, the International Council for Science and had to attend the Board meeting and ICSU General Assembly at this time.

In a response like this, one has the choice of talking about oneself or pontificating. I choose the latter.

I am getting this award, for which I am most grateful, for service to national and international science societies and, perhaps, for public lectures and press interviews. All of these...

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