Manuel Cardona: Personal Recollections and Comments
My first introduction to Manuel Cardona was through his publications. In the early 1960s, I was a graduate student at the University of Chicago, supervised by Jim Phillips, who asked me to look up all of Manuel’s papers. I was working on semiconductors, and Jim was not only educating me, he was building a case to try to bring Manuel to Chicago. I still remember how impressed I was by what Manuel had done and was doing. I then became depressed when I realized that, “this guy is only 6 months older than I am”. My high regard for Manuel continued and increased as time went on. As it turned out, I was fortunate enough to work in the same area as Manuel and to profit directly from his great productivity and deep insights throughout my career.