Some Words from Three Students
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Henry writes that he has been very lucky in his mathematical life.
I am sure that the sentiment is shared by the many youngsters who, like myself a long time back, some way or another ended up becoming one of his graduate students.
When I was in my third year of college in Córdoba, Argentina, having just decided to switch from physics to mathematics, we had a short visit from A.P. Calderón. A couple of us took him out for a cup of coffee to get advice as to what to do after graduation. I told him very openly that I wanted to pursue some combination of analysis, physics, and (my new love) probability theory. I had just discovered the book by W. Feller. Calderón was not an impulsive man, but it took him about one second to say “I know the guy for you: Henry McKean”.