Scientific Forks in the Road. George Fisher, SSL. In 1980, after two years, I nearly quit graduate school…. I was working in a condensed matter physics laboratory at UCSD, and didn’t really like the research, nor did I much like working with my research advisor…..
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George Fisher, SSL
I was working in a condensed matter physics laboratory at UCSD, and didn’t really like the research, nor did I much like working with my research advisor…..
So I decided to quit that advisor and started over again, looking for a new thesis…
I searched for a new research advisor and eventually encountered Dick Canfield and Sandy McClymont, a postdoc at UCSD. Sandy had recently moved from SSL, where he had been a NATO postdoc supervised by Bob Lin. Canfield became my new advisor
Solar Lunch: Photo taken in 1982 or 1983 at “Walker’s Pub” on campus
From Fisher, Canfield & McClymont (1985). At least I got a PhD out of it.
But the only time I ran into Bob Lin was at scientific meetings! We’d chat, and he’d tell me to come by SSL and visit. Every time I rode my bike by SSL I’d remind myself that I needed to do that but it always seemed like I was too busy…
In late 1986, I had the opportunity to re-join many of my old colleagues from UCSD, most of whom had moved to the University of Hawaii.
Bob Lin was one of our invited speakers…
In the Summer of 1990, I came out to the Bay area to explore possible job openings with colleagues at SSL, Stanford, and Lockheed. Bob Lin was cautiously optimistic about a Senior Fellow opening at SSL. I kept in contact with Bob over the rest of 1990 and 1991.
I applied, with encouragement from Bob Lin, and was hired and came to SSL in October 1992.
I’ve now been at SSL for nearly twenty years.
In all of these areas, Bob Lin has helped define and maintain this unique research culture of SSL, as a PI scientist and as SSL Director for ten years
The current and previous members of this group gratefully acknowledge the encouragement and support that Bob Lin has given us the past 20 years!