In the fall of 1965, a new graduate student from National Taiwan University arrived at University of California Los Angeles. Assigned to me as his initial academic advisor, I was favorably impressed by Mr. Liou’s eagerness, industry, and scholarly abilities. He chose me to supervise his dissertation study, and first impressions were amply reinforced by his enrollment in the UCLA Chemistry Department’s physical chemistry and thermodynamics courses, as well as in the Geology Department’s six-week summer field mapping class in the poison-oak-infested California Coast Ranges. He received top grades in these subjects, as well as in my own phase equilibrium...

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