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of us privileged to call him a colleague . . . were continually surprised and inspired by this maverick scientist who contributed so much to our understanding of flight. In addition to his well-known technical contributions . . ., he captivated a generation of students with fresh insights and new ways of looking at problems ranging from hang-glider dynamics and optimal bird flapping to supersonic aircraft.” Most important for his various activities, he seemed to have a quiet confidence that he could accomplish whatever he set out to do— even if it was to make a fine violin. We do not see his like very often.

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