When I visited CfA for lunch talk today, I heard that John Huchra passed away. I couldn’t believe it since I wanted to meet him while I was visiting CfA. It was very shocking news.
I remember when I was a middle school student. I read an article featuring the pioneering work by John Huchra and Margaret Geller on CfA redshift survey, which revealed the large scale structure in the Universe. I was fascinated by this work and thought for the first time in my life, that Astronomy was fun. Although I haven’t had any chance to encounter and work with him, I feel very sad. Maybe it is because I lost one of my heros in Astronomy. R.I.P. John Huchra.
In his autobiography, I found a very interesting discussions on seven vector [with unit vectors] space which determines one’s success in scientific career.
1. Raw intelligence [S. Chandrasekhar]
2. Knowledge [A. Sandage]
3. Public relation [C. Sagan]
4. Creativity [J. Ostriker]
5. Taste [W. Sargent]
6. Effectiveness [J. Gunn]
7. Competence [M. Schmidt]
Being nearly a unit vector of at least one of them will give you a tenured job, two of them will put you in the National Academy membership, and three of them will make you a candidate for Nobel Prize.
It is horrible to image normalizing my characters in each category …..