Dear colleagues, ladies and gentlemen: There are moments in life when there is a confluence, a juxtaposition—if you wish—of memories, of friendships, of experiences, of ideas, and of ideals. This is one such moment.

Perhaps I should start by narrating how I met our honoree, Ing. Alberto Benavides, because this tells something about his human qualities. It was in the late 1940s, when I studied at the Peruvian School of Engineers—a few years after Alberto had done the same. Students were required to work in a mine at least six months spread over three summers. I chose Colquijirca, because it...

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