My collaborator of ten years—and friend of twenty-five years—Sam Roweis died on 2010 January 12 in New York City. Anyone who has even glanced at this blog will know that he was involved in almost everything I have been thinking about scientifically. What you might not know is that Roweis also was an absolutely wonderful friend to me.
It was working with Roweis that made me formulate the following principle: All scientific projects are interesting. So choose not what you want to work on, but rather who you want to work with.
It has been my greatest privilege to work with people I love, and—above all—Sam Roweis.
[I think this post violates the rules.]