Mr. President, ladies, and gentlemen: It is certainly an honor to present this overdue medal to Bob. Twenty-nine years ago, at age 29, Bob published his first paper, and if this is the midpoint of his career, we’ll expect another 29 years of publications. I’ve known Bob since 1990 when I went to Virginia Tech (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University) to start my Ph.D. work. He was a great supervisor and is a close friend to this day. I have quite a few graduate students, and I honestly try to supervise them as Bob did me, and you all...

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