A Celebration of Larry Stein (1931-2019) by Thomas A. Ban
David W. Self’s comment
As his former student, I will never forget Larry because he taught me the most important skill a graduate student can learn: how to take complex ideas and express them as simple thoughts. He would often say “always write in a straight line” and "never make the reader work.” He was very patient with me and we often spent many hours in his office re-writing what we wrote together the previous day (which frustrated me greatly at the time). But it was in invaluable gift. I try to teach my students and postdocs the same wisdom. He also pushed me to question my hypotheses and be first to identify new and creative interpretations of the data. I owe every professional success to these skills and his mentoring. I will always remember Larry as a great man and an enthusiastic thinker in pursuit of big ideas. The excitement and enthusiasm for novel discovery he possessed lives on in his proteges.
June 11, 2020