Looking for something in a box of materials from the 50th anniversary celebration of the first Rice commencment, I ran across a copy of the brief remarks given at a dinner on that occasion by Norman Hurd Ricker ’16 ’17 ’20. Although the talk is titled “Science — Then and Now” it was neither Ricker’s view of the past nor of the present that caught my eye. Rather, it was his accurate prediction that the future of science would be increasingly driven by mathematics that struck me.
I really shouldn’t have been surprised, though. Ricker was one smart guy.
And a photograph from his wonderful scrapbook of the young Mr. Ricker at work in a Rice lab
Bonus: From the inside looking out.