"I grew up in a small town before the days
when everyone installed bright lights in their backyards.
The stars were bright and the Milky Way and Andromeda
were visible. As a school kid I built a couple of
telescopes and a spectroheliograph and used them
in our back yard to start out as an astronomer.
A few years later, with a degree in physics from
Yale and a doctorate in Astronomy from Harvard,
I began a long association with my hometown school,
the University of Washington. My major accomplishment
there has been the pleasure of sponsoring two dozen
young men and women as they did their Ph.D. theses
in astronomy, which ranged in subjects from interplanetary
dust to interacting galaxies. My own recent research
has concentrated on the star formation properties
of nearby galaxies, including the Andromeda Galaxy,
glimpsed so many years ago from my backyard."