I [Ken Voss] would like to introduce Howard Gordon and describe some of his background. Howard began his career in experimental atomic spectroscopy, receiving his Ph.D. from Penn State University. After a brief period at the College of William and Mary, Howard came to the University of Miami in 1967. He was hired in Miami to work on a project in experimental ocean optics, and his appointment was initially a joint appointment between the physics department and the Marine School. He fairly quickly realized that there was no advantage to attending duplicate faculty meetings, and while he kept the marine research active, he moved full time to the physics department.