Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen: The first thought of everyone when they are told that they have won an award such as the Penrose Medal is, "why me?" And the initial exhilaration is soon tempered by the realization that it’s a matter of having had the luck to have been on the right list at the right time, and of having had good friends to have put one there. And by good friends, I mean the generations of teachers, colleagues, and students whose stimulation is so important in the development of any scientist. I would like to acknowledge my teachers,...

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