Got to meet Dr Ralph Miller today at work. He is a well known Computational Neuroscientist working at University of Binghamton. I wont bore you with what he does but will surely tell you something about him that excited my very core. Each molecule of my body was vibrating in a strange tune in his presence.
The talk started between my cabin mates and him. We thought that he would be surprised to know that we all were from different fields of studies , me being from computer science and other two being from electrical engineering and bio-medical respectively.As a matter of fact, he wasnt!! He lapsed into a flashback and gave us a brief insight about his background. He got a BS and MA in physics from MIT!!! Was working under a team, three of whom got a nobel prize!! He got 2 more masters and a Phd from Rutgers university. He told me about a startup company called DEC!! (he told as if he never knew that DEC was a big company now) and about PDP-1 he programmed in using punched cards. You would have heard alot about the inception of word "BUG" in computer jargon but it is really amazing when someone present there at the time tells you about his own accounts. Its really amazing. Its like being in the world of Mythology... and meeting with the titans. He gleefully exclaimed that made vaccum tubes for his project. I have not even seen one in reality.
The icing on the cake was when I googled for Ralph R Miller and checked out his Curriculum vita. Its a whooping 44 page resume, by far the largest I have seen. I hope to be just like him (I would love to have the Nobel Prize though) when I grow up :) and have the money of Bill Gates :P