President Franklin, fellow members and friends: To be asked to propose someone for the Society’s Silver Medal is a great honor. So when Jeff asked me if I would do this, I naturally agreed. But it immediately put me in a quandary. It is rather like being asked to be best man at a wedding—you are expected to say lots of nice things about someone you have knocked about with and experienced life’s ups and downs with. What is worse, you have to say them with the person there. Coming as I do from Australia, that poses an even worse...

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