George William Hill: The Eighth Bruce Medalist

A visiting lecturer, welcomed at a formal dinner at the Sorbonne in Paris in about 1911, was astonished to hear, "We honor you for several reasons: first because of your own distinguished accomplishments; second, because you are an American; and third and chiefly because you are a country-man of George William Hill."The American was embarrassed; he had never heard of Hill. To this day, few people have.