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Tributes to Dick Sillitto on his 80th Birthday,
from forty-two physicists
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Heartiest congratulations, Dick, on your 80th birthday!
Later this year it will be exactly 50 years since I attended your lecture course on, I think it was called, Experimental Methods as part of the third year B.Sc. Hons. Physics course. Then, as ever, your style left a deep impression - impeccable preparation and presentation, intellectually rigorous but not over the heads of us students and often with those little revelations like a window being opened for us, letting a bright light shine through. For example, it may seem rather a mundane matter in the great scheme of things but I still remember you explaining to us how (and how not!) to find the mean spacing of a set of equally spaced interference fringes. I remember too on a later occasion a conversation we had about photons, well not so much a conversation - the flow of knowledge was unidirectional from you to me, and that stands out for me as the first time that I began to have some understanding of what quantum physics was really about, and your book on the subject, written in your own original style, took me further along that road.
There is much else but I think I have said enough to illustrate my debt to you both as a teacher and as an example. Jean and I greatly appreciate your friendship and send our very best wishes for many more years of peaceful retirement.
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