S: To Jim and Renata from friends and family, January 2011
FC: Presented at the Symposium on Mechanics in Geophysical and Materials Sciences Caltech, January 20-22, 2011
3: Jim, A very happy 70th! There is much to celebrate, of course your professional contributions, but for those of us who were fortunate to be your colleagues at Brown you served as a role model not only of how to do research but of how to interact with colleagues. During our time at Brown I also fondly remember our walking together to our homes after work. On many of them I got more insight into mechanics than I did during the rest of the day! But enough of the past. It is clear there is much to look forward to from you on many fronts in the future. It has been wonderful for Wanda and me to be friends with you and Renata all these years. Wanda and I look forward to many more years of friendship and interactions with you and Renata. And to many more birthday celebrations! Alan | On the day Jim received an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from Brown, September 1997
4: Solid Mechanics Group at Brown University July 3rd, 1979 | Front Row (Left to Right): P. S. Symonds, J. H. Weiner, L. B. Freund, R. J. Clifton, J. R. Rice, J. Duffy 2nd Row: N. Villella, R. Dean, M. Chosak, R. Hawley, A. Needleman, H. Riedel, R. Asaro, K. Lo 3rd Row: G. Pierce, F. O'Regan, D. Pierce, W. Drugan, O. Bourgeois, J. Raphanel, C. Chu, C. Li 4th Row: J. Forte, L. Hermann, J. Tracy, J. Pan, A. Rubinstein, E. Leung, T. Sham Top Row: R. Pagliarini, A. Gilat, G. LaBonte, R. Reed, A. Douglas, P. Orzechowski [Capece], D. Firth, L. Gray
5: Kyung-Suk Kim writes: I missed taking part in this photo on that day; however, I did not miss Jim’s class. Jim taught me solid mechanics, made me love solid mechanics, and now he is the solid mechanics. | Jim, I remember your years at Brown as being filled with exciting new results in solid mechanics and made most enjoyable by excellent working relationships among faculty members in the Solid Mechanics Group. You did much to provide the intellectual excitement and promote a spirit of camaraderie. I remember especially the impetus that your J-integral gave to fracture mechanics and your work on the structure of constitutive relations gave to the formulation of constitutive equations. On this occasion of your 70th birthday I extend my thanks for your friendship over the years and my best wishes for healthy and productive decades to follow. Rod
6: December 12, 2010 Jim: I am certainly the luckiest of all your colleagues celebrating your 70th year of splendid works in that I have been your immediate colleague at Harvard for the past thirty years. We go back together over fifty years to our undergraduate days at Lehigh when I’m certain the vibrations I was experiencing must have been your brain waves. Two weeks ago I attended a one-day meeting at KTH in Stockholm in memory of Fred Nilsson. One of the speakers was Gunnar Harkegrd who showed the picture of you and Janne Carlsson taken in 1972 that you see on the right. As Gunnar notes, you looked so young that no one believed that this could be “the” Jim Rice. I liked the picture so much, I asked Gunnar to send it to me, which he did along with his best wishes to you. Janne was also present at the meeting two weeks ago and in very good form looking only slightly older than he | does in the picture on the right. We reminisced about the good old days when fracture mechanics reigned supreme; I told Janne we were going to be celebrating your 70th and he asked to be remembered to you. You, yourself, only look a little older than you do in this picture! Happy 70th, John
7: Gunnar Harkegard writes: This picture was taken in connection with Euromech Colloquium No. 39, June 1972, held at Ronneby, a small city at the Baltic Sea. We, the postgraduates of Janne, had the pleasure of attending a series of seminars by Jim around 1970. These were the days of the HRR solution, and Jim Rice was well established at the time. When Jim entered the lecture room for his first seminar, we were most astonished to realize that he was that young. And now we are all around 70 - hard to believe.
8: Dear Jim, You have influenced my career in many ways, both large and small. Your presence at Brown and your interest in earthquake mechanics was one of the things that led me to direct the major part of my career toward understanding rock friction, earthquake mechanics, and earthquake predictability. Although we interacted more on these topics after you moved from Brown to Harvard, both your proximity and your intellectual stimulation have been important to me. I look forward to many more enjoyable years of contact. That you combine hard work with natural ability is a trait that I often cite to students and colleagues as essential for a successful and productive career. That you are a warm and engaging person, as well as an outstanding scientist, contributes in no small way to the affection and respect with which all who know you feel. I'm privileged to call you a friend and colleague. Terry E. Tullis Providence, RI January 3, 2011 | Photo of Group on "Rheology of Fault Rocks and Their Surroundings" from Dahlem Workshop Report 95, Berlin, January 2005, on The Dynamics of Fault Zones.
9: Bill Ellsworth writes: The man in the yellow hat leads the curious students and colleagues in the hunt for pseudotachalyte.
11: Dear Renata, There is no way I can send a tribute to Jim without including one to you! Your cheerful "Hi!" every time I see you, your enthusiasm in everything you do, your important contributions to understanding earthquake processes, especially in subduction zones, and your long-term efficient and selfless editing of PAGEOPH, not to mention your support of Jim in all ways, are just some of the things that come to mind when I think of you and your smiling face. You are fortunate to have your life with Jim, but he is equally lucky to have you as a spouse, companion, and colleague. Thank you for all that you do for all of us who love you both. Love, Terry Terry E. Tullis Providence, RI January 3, 2011
12: Dear Renata, We all would like to cordially thank you and Jim for your constant warm support --- professionally as well as personally. Dziekuje! With kindest regards, Koji Uenishi and the Family | In Renata's office on August 23, 2002
13: Dear Renata, I have truly enjoyed interacting with you through the years. Your deep knowledge of earthquake rupture propagating through bends and kinks has truly motivated my own experimential work and has resulted in our wonderful collaboration. Ioanna and I have really cherished your friendship and we have very fond recollections of numerous and extremely interesting discussions with you on all things humanly possible. With fondness, Ares
15: Happy Birthday! Love, Martin and Michelle
17: Happy 70th and congratulations on a distinguished career -- as scientist, father and grandfather! With warm wishes and love, Jon, Lauren, Emma & Lydia
18: Jim winning a school science contest, 1956 | Congratulations to brother, Jim, from Susan and Don Rice
19: Jim and Don on the school basketball team, 1956
20: John Rudnicki writes: One mechanics icon (JRR) with Paul Segall and JWR in front of portrait of another mechanics icon (Isaac Newton). Program on Granular and Particle Laden Flows, Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge, England, September, 2003.
21: Dear Jim The photo, as I'm sure you remember, is from the Newton Institute in Cambridge, England, session on the physics of granular materials. To be surrounded, and looked over (!), by so many luminaries was an exceptional experience. Someone once told me that "we are all students of Jim Rice". I couldn't agree more. Sharing the house off Grange Road I learned not only about thermal and pore-fluid effects, but Newton's discourse with Hooke, the pleasure of tea and scones in Grantchester (with Joan), and your love of "Friends". Looking forward to more lessons in the future. --Paul Segall
22: Dear Jim, My warm congratulations on your 70th birthday! Let me use this occasion to let you know how much we materials scientists appreciate your sustained support and understanding of our activities. More than anything else, it is the combination of rigor, multi-disciplinarity and collegiality, all which you pre-eminently exemplify, that has made our Division/School such an interesting and unique place to work. I look forward to having you among us as one of the leading lights of Harvard Engineering for many more years. Ad multos annos! -- Frans Spaepen | Jim, I've only known you for the short time I have been dean, but I am thrilled that you are at Harvard and look forward to your active participation at SEAS for years to come! You have contributed a tremendous amount not only to the field of mechanics but also to creating a role model for excellence in faculty research, teaching and service here. Sorry I will be unable to make your celebration, but have a wonderful time! Cherry
23: Dear Jim: Thank you so much for guidance and encouragement over the years. Zhigang Suo | Wei Hong's final oral examination at Harvard, May 2006. John Hutchinson, James Rice, Frans Spaepen, Wei Hong, and Zhigang Suo
24: Dear Jim I want to express my gratitude and appreciation for being a wonderful colleague during all these years. You have been a role model for me since I joined Harvard, and I have strived, as best I could, to follow your example of extraordinarily inspired clarity and originality in research and teaching. I hope you keep inspiring us all with your example for many more years to come! all the best, EK | Jim - You have had a wonderfully productive first 70 years, all done in a very kind and gentle way always thinking of others. You are still young: enjoy the celebrations. I applaud you! Fred Abernathy
25: Dear Jim, Some 20+ years ago I started as a young professor in the mechanics group at Harvard. My memories of those years are vivid, with many opportunities to talk with you, Fred Abernathy, Bernie Budiansky, George Carrier, Howard Emmons, John Hutchinson, Tom McMahon and Lyle Sanders. You might not remember, but the first undergraduate class that I taught was thermodynamics, and you loaned me your notes to help get me started! Admittedly, being a young professor in such distinguished company was intimidating (and embarrassing for me on many occasions since unlike some of our colleagues I was not a regular reader of the New York Times!). Thank you for the many conversations over the years, which helped to make me more aware, and well rounded, with respect to the roots and ideas of mechanics and applied mathematics. Also, Valerie and I have very fond memories of several lunches with you and Renata in Paris in Jardin du Luxembourg during our various intersections there. I look forward to the next time our paths cross. You and Renata are always welcome to visit us in Princeton! Best wishes for much engagement with the many avenues of mechanics in the years ahead. With best regards, Howard A. Stone
26: Dear Jim, We are too close in age for me to have been your student or post-doc, and it is my misfortune that we have never collaborated. But I have learned, both from your brilliant papers and from the example of dedication that you have set throughout your remarkable career, and I am grateful to you for that. With best wishes for many more years of outstanding research, Yours ever, John (Willis) | From right to left: Jim Rice, Arun Shukla, and John Willis
27: Dear Jim, Many thanks for the outstanding guidance you and your work have provided to my generation of researchers. My students and I have benefited tremendously by your fundamental contributions to the field of fracture mechanics. My best wishes and sincere regards to you. Arun Shukla | John Rudnicki writes: I was happy to be here to see you presented with this award and take enormous pleasure from the fact that, somehow, I managed to receive this one award before you did! (Biot Medal Award, June 3-6, 2007)
28: A Jim Rice memory – Ralph Archuleta The first time I remember speaking to Jim was during an AGU meeting on the east coast. My colleagues and I had analyzed the Fourier amplitude spectra, a la Brune, for the 1980 Mammoth Lakes aftershocks. We had the curious result that the corner frequency appeared to be constant for earthquakes with magnitude less than 3, source radius ~100 m. With a great deal of trepidation, for I knew Jim only by some of his papers and reputation as a scientist, I approached Jim and asked him what he thought of this constant radius and whether it could be related to the critical crack length. To my great surprise and delight he sat down on a nearby bench and said let’s think about it. He immediately wrote down the relationship showing the critical crack length proportional to the inverse square of the stress drop. Within a few minutes he had worked out that 100 m was consistent with a critical crack length—given the approximations. While I truly appreciated the answer, I was even more impressed that Jim not only would take the time to answer a trivial (to him, I’m sure) question, but also that he would be so kind and thoughtful in answering the question. In all the years that have followed I have seen that this is Jim’s nature—the epitome of a scholar and a gentleman.
29: Dear Jim, It is truly a treat to be included in this celebration of your scientific career. Your research and professional activities through the years have inspired me and have significantly impacted my life. I want to thank you for sharing your ideas, helping me grow as a scientist, and most of all, for your kindness and friendship. Most sincerely, Judi Chester
30: Jim: I have always cherished your friendship, admired the stream of groundbreaking ideas that you generated, and looked to you as the leader in our field. Without your help, the IUTAM Prager Symposium would not have been a significant milestone. Please continue! Zdenek | Jim registering for the IUTAM Prager Symposium. | From the Symposium party in my home. To the right of Jim is Wai-Fah Chen from Purdue, below Chen is Ballesteros.
31: Jim speaking at the banquet. Iva and I are at the left table. | At the banquet table, with my wife Iva and me.
32: John Bassani writes: Lehigh "mafia" (from left to right) Pedro Ponte Castenada (Lehigh undergrad); Joachim Grenested (current Lehigh faculty); Jim Rice (Lehigh undergrad and PhD), Paul Paris (former Lehigh faculty), Ferdinand Beer (former Lehigh faculty and Jim's advisor), John Hutchinson (Lehigh undergrad), Fazil Erdogan (former Lehigh faculty), and John Bassani (Lehigh undergrad) Jim Rice has been a wonderful friend and mentor since my early career days. Although I never had a class with him, some of his notes from his Brown days (particularly plasticity and fracture) that have been widely reproduced and his extraordinary papers have had a great impact on my work.
33: John Bassani writes: The lobster and clam bake at the Rice and Hutchinson 60th Birthday celebration at Brown.
34: Koji Uenishi writes: Pleasant and beautiful excursion with Renata and Jim to Wilson Farm in Lexington, Massachusetts, on November 4, 2001.
35: In my tribute to Jim I noted my great fortune in being one of his close, long-time colleagues. I'll dilute my message to Jim slightly by making the point that, in fact, I am doubly fortunate in being a close colleague of Renata and Jim. Renata is the person I am most likely to run into in the halls of Pierce Hall who brings me up on all the latest gossip, including the many travels of she and Jim. It may not be politically correct to say such things, but I'll mention that behind every great woman is a supportive man. This is certainly true for Renata. Where would Renata be without her chauffeur and her in-house cheese expert? I always know when Jim is away on some long trip when I encounter Renata heading home on foot. I am also thankful to the team of Renata the seismologist and Jim the fault mechaniker for promising to provide me personal advance warning of any earthquakes in the Boston-Cambridge area. So far they have got it right. John
36: My hearty congratulations to you Jim, on your 70th birthday. You have been an inspiration to generations of scholars, and especially to me since my student days at Brown. Your strive for excellence and your student-focus continue to influence my everyday work. For this, I salute and thank you - Professor of Professors! Victor Li | Jim Rice and myself at his 60th birthday celebration at Brown, in 2000
37: Jim and Renata with a group of former students on the same occasion
38: Dear Jim, Many years of creative work and health. Yours, Mark Kachanov | January 2011 Dear Jim: Your deep knowledge and kind, considerate manner have always been inspirational to me. I count myself most fortunate that you accepted me as your graduate student, and I am ever thankful for the time during which you allowed me the privilege of learning from you. Gratefully yours. Paul Sorensen
39: During my senior year at Brown, a car ride with Jim from Providence to Boston changed my life. I had stopped by Bob Asaro's office to discuss my senior research project and mentioned that I would visit Harvard to interview for a graduate student position. Jim happened to be walking by and remarked that he was also visiting Harvard. He offered a ride. As we made our way up Rt. 95, I inquired, "So what brings you to Harvard?" Jim replied that he was considering a move to Harvard. Would I be interested in working with him? I couldn't believe that such an opportunity could unfold from the turmoil of Boston traffic! The next five years brought opportunities that I could never imagine, and a warm, supportive environment created by Jim, Renate, and the Harvard Applied Science community. Thank you, Jim! Peter Anderson
40: Mike Cleary writes: I arrived late (~1 month, i.e., early-Oct, 1972) at Brown: I assumed it was European schedule/system! A nice (older) Prof. Wiener met me at the bus station in Providence. He gave me a list of Professors who still had positions available (other students were already settled-in). The last one I met was Jim Rice & that helped me to decide (to stay): I had thought of leaving (quickly). I saw that Jim was “on the leading edge of everything”: there was little that did not attract his interest. So, I committed to do my Masters (Irish scholarship was for 2 years); then I planned to “do real stuff”. People I meet still tell me how much they respect our “Rice & Cleary” paper (it was Jim’s inspiration). Jim convinced me to continue along similar lines for a Ph.D. (what I did was not as elegant as before). He also convinced me to apply for an MIT position: I was the 1st of Jim’s students in this “vanguard”. Although I stayed at MIT for almost 20 years (tenured after 7 years), I still longed to be “in business”. I could not “short-change” our students: when I didn’t have enough time to teach properly, I just left. But Jim’s selflessness left its mark on me: I’ve done my best to mentor promising youth over 35 years. I have “gravitated” back to practical stuff I like most (still do field-jobs) but with better insight, I hope. A large part of that insight was formed at Brown (especially with wonderful Professors like Jim Rice).
41: From Huajian Gao
42: Ruzica Nicolic writes: Thanks for your guidance, help and support. No one would do it better. | January 12, 1989
43: Andy Ruina writes: The best advice I ever got, my tribute to Paul Litwack. Paul sat next to me freshman year in William Prager's recitation for freshman. It was Prager's final year of teaching. What I learned in that freshman class carried me through the next 3 years. In January of senior year, just before the start of classes, in the hall way, Paul said "Andy, you should take Soil Mechanics." But I'm not interested in Soil Mechanics, I said, I am interested in boats and bicycles. He said "Never mind the subject, you'll like the teacher." Its worth taking soil mechanics, I said with a general disdain for civil engineering in general, and the study of dirt in particular, because of the teacher? "Yes" he said, "I know you, I know the teacher. Trust me." Say the right thing at the right time and you can change someones life. Thirty five years later Paul is, rightly, a motivational speaker. Because of this early-in-his-career motivational speech I am one of oh so many who couldn't possibly come up with words to convey my thanks to, and respect for Jim Rice. To people who know him there is nothing to tell, they know. And to people who don't, they should be so lucky as to get advice from Paul Litwack.
44: With my best remembrance of your nomination as a Doctor Honoris Causa of Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, my best wishes for your future activities, and my sincere apologies not to be able to participate in the celebration of your birthday. Jean-Baptiste Leblond | From right to left: Jim, my wife, Ariane Leblond, and myself, with the classical columns of "La Sorbonne" in the background.
45: From left to right: my wife, Ariane Leblond; Gilles Perrin, who was my first PhD student and then spent a year as a post-doc with Jim; Jim of course; a friend of mine; and finally Veronique Lazarus, who was another of my PhD students. Again, all this against the classical columns of "La Sorbonne".
46: Jean-Baptiste Leblond writes: Jim giving his talk in the "Grand Salon d'Honneur de la Sorbonne"; notice the splendid traditional background.
47: Happy Birthday, Dear Jim ! It is always a great pleasure to meet you and to listen to your fascinating lectures. We met first during the trimester on Granular Materials held at Institut Henri Poincaré in 2005 in Paris. I know that you love Paris and it is always a great pleasure and privilege for the French community of Geomechanics to welcome you in France. I remember also the very special seminar held in Ein Gedi (Israel) in 2009 in a wonderful atmosphere of friendship and exciting scientific discussions. With my warmest wishes Jean
48: Dear Jim, all our best from all the familly, Muriel, Yann and the kids. Thanks to you we all spent one great year in Cambridge. Our door will always be open to you and Renata anytime you want to stop in Paris. Muriel, Yann, Jeremie and Colin
49: Dear Jim, We have been extremely lucky to collaborate with you. We both have fond memories of our interaction! This is a perfect occasion to tell you how much we admire your work, and how influential your ideas have been for our own research. Very best wishes, Elisabeth and Jean-Philippe Bouchaud PS : When will you be back in Paris? | Jim, Please, come back to Grenoble. We have more faults around here to show you than you will ever find in California (not to mention New England). And certainly many more narrow steep winding roads for Renata to enjoy. Michel Bouchon, Michel Campillo, Jean-Pierre Gratier, Francois Renard
50: Thanks to the B. Pascal chair that was awarded to you in 1998, Jim, we were lucky to have your visit at ENS for a full year. Never probably the award was more appropriate: exactly 350 years earlier (1648) took place the famous Pascal experiment in Le Puy de Dme (hence the pressure-stress unit). In 1648, Pascal established that fluid pressure exists on the Earth's surface and has some important effects. Much later, Jim, you have shown how important these effects can be ... within the solid Earth. As Pascal wrote in his "Preface sur le traite du vide": "...la verite doit toujours avoir l'avantage...ce serait en ignorer la nature de s'imaginer qu'elle ait commence d'tre au temps qu'elle a commence d'tre connue". Yves Guéguen
51: Dear Jim You always have been in the center of academic circle. Thank you very, very much for your friendship and constructive comments and discussions. Your words have always been big encouragements for conducting high-velocity experiments. Please keep up with good work. I finally have some time and will try to understand some of your work. Best wishes for your 70 years' birthday, Toshi
52: Dear Jim, As a second year graduate student I took your last Fracture Mechanics course at Brown and even brought in my “boombox” to tape it on cassette. Your truly inspiring lectures, and listening to this tape in the years that followed, changed my career, for the first time. The second time you impacted my academic direction was during one of our ONR contractor’s meetings in Washington, DC where you revealed to me how powerful and rewarding it can be to apply basic mechanics to the truly large scale of the Earth’s crust. Thanks for being such an inspiration. Ares
53: Dear Jim, With warmest wishes and admiration. Joining the Solid Mechanics group at Brown was one of the great privileges of my life and everything that happened there was colored by the style and atmosphere both there and beyond which you helped create. Your work and approach have always been an inspiration. Thanks much. All the best, Rob Phillips
54: Dear Jim: Many thanks for all the intellectual leadership that you have contributed to the mechanics community for so many years. It has had a profound effect on the community generally and on my own education and work in particular, and for that I am personally grateful. Please, keep it up for many years to come! All the best, Michael | Dear Jim, Thank you for providing the intellectual leadership in solid mechanics over the last five decades. Your contributions have laid the foundations for modern mechanics of materials and have defined numerous areas of research. I have benefited immensely from your papers, which have helped me in designing and interpreting experiments, and developing physical insights. Happy Birthday and I wish you all the best for many, many more. With best wishes, Ravi
55: Dear Jim, Happy Birthday! I Look forward to many more years of chatting about the future of solid mechanics, and the training of young mechanicians! All the Best, Chiara | Caltech-Brown-Harvard connection in earthquake mechanics: Ares Rosakis, Nadia Lapusta, and their graduating students, Caltech Commencement, 2009.
56: Hi Renata, Thank you for having been my only source for social life while at Harvard, whether it was out of the lab (dinners at your place, Cambridge or Paris) or lab-related (corridor chats,mug at hand). Fondly, Alain (Cochard) | To Renata -- Thank you so much for all of your quality support during grad school, and especially the incredible home-cooked meals and the memorable music mixes! Real treasures. warm memories ;) Karen
57: Renata, While I was in Harvard, you sometimes referred to me, as well as to the other students, as your and Jim’s baby, in an academic sense. Your warm words and atmosphere let me notice the existence of academic family. Thank you very much for your cheerful “Hi”s. I do love them, and expect much more of them. Best wishes, Hiro
58: Greg Beroza writes: Back in the Spring of 1984 I took "Earthquake Source Mechanics" from Jim and Renata. There were many MIT students in the class - a majority I think - and we all happily rode the T to attend. It was a fantastic experience and I refer to my notes to this day. I was impressed by how Jim could write down complex derivations explaining them clearly while writing, all seemingly without effort. What impressed me even more was that when we asked questions - many of them naive or completely off the mark - Jim patiently and carefully answered them in the most gentle and reassuring way possible. Not only that, he would interpret them in the most generous way possible - making us appear to be much more insightful than we actually were. The next year I was at the Fall AGU meeting, back when it was held at the SF Civic Auditorium. A person who I wouldn't have been surprised to see lurking in one of the nearby alleys, was carrying a three-foot stack of messy papers, and going on and on at every poster he went to about 1/f flicker noise. He was there all week. We referred to him as the Flicker-Noise Guy. I happened to be nearby when he was trying to convince Jim that everything about earthquakes could be understood by 1/f noise. What struck me most about the exchange was Jim's patient explanations and overly generous interpretations of the guy's questions. It was exactly like the Earthquake Source Mechanics class, which immediately made me think that compared to Jim, the rest of us are like the Flicker-Noise Guy.
59: I send my best wishes to you, Jim, for your inspiration and your achievements in fracture mechanics. Of course, your achievements are much wider than that of just fracture. I am sorry that I cannot be in California to honor you, but my thoughts will be there ... affectionately ... Leslie Two pictures from Tel Aviv:
60: Providence, December 31, 2010 Dear Jim, We are truly sorry we cannot be present at your Birthday Celebration! If it were not for our complicated situation in Poland, we would never miss the opportunity to come and participate in this great event that is not only your Birthday but a tribute to your professional career in the first place! Please accept our sincere apologies. Many Happy Returns, many more ingenious papers, and many thrilling conferences in interesting parts of the world. Hugs to you and Renata Barbara and Piotr Boni P.S. We attach 2 photos: from Brown University (yet another honoris causa degree!) and the dinner at Margaret and Tom’s house.
61: Dear Jim You have always been one of my mechanics heroes. After coming to the states and meeting you, I realized that you are not only a great scientist but also a very humble, kind and caring person. Thank you for your valuable pieces of advice and the many useful discussions. On the occasion of your birthday, I wish you many returns and a happy long healthy life in which you continue to enrich the human knowledge with your fundamental contributions. Sincerely, Ahmed Elbanna | Dear Jim, Happy birthday! It has been my honor and pleasure to interact with you. I wish you all the best in health and happiness. Yoshi
63: January 2011 Dear Jim, I’d like to wish you an excellent birthday symposium! I have many thank you’s for you, but mostly I want to say thank you for being an outstanding and gracious mentor to so many of us. I am sure that you were helping me with my career even before I had an inkling that it might be happening. I do know that you have been very supportive of my research plans and endeavors since at least the early 1990’s, and that this has made a big difference in the outcome of my career. Most especially I appreciate that you are truly a gentleman and a scholar, the highest honor that anyone can attain. This is what has and still does make working with you and learning from you such a wonderful experience. Happy Birthday! Sincerely, Ruth
65: Dear Renata, This celebration is a perfect excuse to tell you how much I appreciate your support and friendship! When I came to Harvard, I knew absolutely nothing about earthquakes, and your lectures and our discussions helped me realize how interesting it would be to study them. Life in the United States was also a mystery, and your caring attitude and patient guidance were extremely helpful and reassuring. With you, the second floor of Pierce felt like home away from home. I know how you love and miss your mom, and that is why I was so happy to be able to include here the picture of you with your mom and very young Martin. According to Martin, this is a photo of a print from the wall of your mom’s apartment in Warsaw. Time flies, as the other picture with Martin so clearly illustrates, and we cannot do anything about that. But we can cherish the memories and use them to beautify the future. I have a very rich collection of beautiful memories under “Renata” and I look forward to many more. There is so much that I would like to thank you for. Thank you for teaching me about both science and life. Thank you for sharing your amazing music collection. Thank you for the absolutely wonderful dinners at your house. Thank you for constantly talking me up and making me believe in myself. In short, thank you for being my dear, dear friend! Love and hugs, Nadia
66: Jim and Koji discussing the "nucleation process" of farm products (Photograph by Renata). | Happy Birthday, Jim! I have learned from you many ways of thinking and the sincere attitude towards science while staying on the attractive East Coast of the United States. It is truly a precious experience in the beginning of the new century. Thank you so much! Best wishes, Koji Uenishi
67: Liz Hearn writes: I wanted to share the following story about Jim. In 2001, I was invited to give a talk at Harvard. As I was about to begin, someone in the audience asked me why I was using Acrobat to display my slides, rather than PowerPoint, and I reflexively responded, “I don’t use Microsoft products”. Instantly, I felt like the kind of self-righteous prig who would say something like that to an audience that clearly had not assembled to hear my opinions on Bill Gates. Then Jim Rice said, “Good for you!”, and that awkward moment was immediately transformed to a light, humorous one. I never forgot that, nor did I ever forget how helpful Jim was when I was auditing his graduate course and struggling to comprehend fracture mechanics. | Hi Jim, Each time we meet it is always both a pleasure and an education. My family and I wish you many more years of both! Jay
68: Dear Jim, When I have a question which I do not know how to ask, I ask you anyway and you always find the answer. From your answer, I slowly and painfully reconstruct the question. Thank you for being so kind and generous. I learned a lot from you and not only about science. Lev Truskinovsky | Greetings from the New Flat Earth Society. Jim, we appreciate your support over the years. A true believer. Joe Walsh
69: Dear Professor J.R.Rice, My late father Youngkuk Yoo, an abstract painter, once called a man in his fifties a young man when he reached seventy. When my father reached eighty, he said “you are at the peak of your career at sixties.” Unfortunately, he passed away before he got ninety, but I know that he would say “ you still have a lot do at seventies.” Congratulations on your seventieth birthday! From the Yu family; Jin, MyungHee, Minsun and Benjamin. | Jim- Best wishes for continued insight as you reach the half way mark in your amazing career. Always an inspiration! Brendan Meade
70: Jim giving the Biot Lecture, 2005 | Dear Jim, my heartiest congratulations on your 70th birthday! Jim, you are the most extraordinary scholar and scientist whom I have ever met. I am always inspired by the breadth as well as the depth of the subjects with which you are involved. I appreciated the friendship of you and Renata during my sabbatical stay at Harvard in 2006. I always remember all that Japanese food! Best wishes, Hoe
72: I have an anecdote associated with ICF3 at Munich in 1973. One evening, a number of us had gathered at the Hofbrauhaus, to partake of a little light refreshment (served in one-litre steins) and engage in both serious and light-hearted discussion to round off the day. One of our company – a certain Dick (R.J.) Cooke – was so engrossed by what Jim was saying that, leaning across the table, cigarette in hand, to express his own view, he contrived to set his hair on fire! Later that year the RKR paper was published in J. Mech. Phys. Solids. This was the result of a most fruitful collaboration stemming from the time that Jim was an Overseas fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge and Rob Ritchie was doing his PhD under my supervision - obviously, a long time ago! I have been good friends with Jim ever since, and I was delighted to meet up with him in June 2008, at a symposium in Bristol. I am sorry not to be able to join you all on this occasion, and I would like to extend to Jim my very best wishes for the future. John Knott (The University of Birmingham, UK)
73: Andrew Palmer writes: One of my memories of Jim is from the year he Sandra and the boys spent in Cambridge, England on sabbatical. I am very fond of fireworks, and the day for fireworks is November 5, Guy Fawkes Day, a less than ideal day because it is almost always raining, but chosen to commemorate the attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament on November 5 1605 (“remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpowder treason and plot. I see no reason, why gunpowder treason, should ever be forgot”). We lived in an apartment, but had an allotment (“victory garden”) in the damp fields to the south of the city. So we all tramped through the rain, with our daughter Emily just two months old in her carry-cot, let off the fireworks, and went home for food and hot drinks. Jim was his pleasant and imperturbable self, as always, though he appeared somewhat bemused by the whole idea (“the English take their pleasures sadly...”) and by the absence of attention to health and safety.
74: December 31, 2010! New Year’s Eve, my God! Just back from a peaceful week on the French Riviera like so many retirees aiming at seeing the Sun if not the Light! Only to find this e-request for a contribution to your Jubilee, which sent me into a Twitter!.. Sorry, sorry, Jim! My palimpsest upstairs is indeed wearing out. And they ask for pictures, too! As if I were an icon-freak! Whatever is left of my memory is the mirror in which I look at my friends. They come in words, which moreover never wrinkle. Not photos! My mind’s eye quickly rummaged around my past for what it had in store for you. It immediately saw a man whose physics and mathematics were at the disposal of the ghosts of geophysics, wherever they roamed world-wide, intent on ‘finding the point of view from which the subject appears in its greatest simplicity’, as recommended by J. W. Gibbs. And a benevolent, open-minded, humorous gentleman, at that! Have I sounded a bit out of touch so far? Maybe I should have posted a Tweet instead, by way of unqualified tribute to your exceptional career? Like ‘started a wizard at solid mechanics, ended a specialist of faults, rifts, fractures, cracks and breakthroughs‘? On a more personal note, let me conjure up memories of the well-attended seminars you used to organize at Brown, on the 7th floor of the Engineering building. Whenever a talk had been a bit long-winded, unnecessarily convoluted – it happened a few times, but no names here, of course – you had a dazzling way to step in at the end of the question-session: wearing an unquestionably benevolent smile, you would dubiously wonder whether the whole presentation might have fitted in on what amounted to the back of a box of matches. And this in such a soft voice -– a smooth melody with no undertone of criticism or offence. Were you thinking out loud or really seeking the speaker’s advice? That was left as an exercise for the audience.
75: According to Don De Lillo, you qualify as a lucky man, Jim! Because ‘you became who you were supposed to be’, which is some achievement. It’s high time now you were starting to soft-pedal a bit! Not that you should not any more ‘delve down into the unknown in search of newness’ (Baudelaire). But time propagates faster than any crack. Enjoy life, have it easy in the cheerful company of Renata. Take it from someone who ‘went plastic’ before you. Evelyne and myself are ready to help! Lyon is not as ‘buzzy‘ as Boston but food- and wine-wise, it can certainly compete! Besides we could take fresh pictures. Best Wishes and Bon Vent from both of us! Jean Bataille, Ecole Centrale de Lyon
78: Renata is always very engaged in Jim’s projects, shares passion for science with him but also always has her own niche for research. She is a very passionate person, loves literature, music, theater, ballet, and is always eager to take Jim out of his office and have some fun with him and their friends. I spent many memorable evenings at their house, met many interesting people through them and always wait for another occasion to spend more time in their company. On one theater evening, some five years ago, Jim could not understand why his ticket was cheaper than others. I remembered and bought him a ticket at discounted senior citizen price! We all laughed. Being from Poland I share many memories with Renata, we love to pass recent articles on events in Poland, but also recently we share a big responsibility of caring for older parents living alone in Poland. I admire Renata for the care she gives to her aging mother. I wish both of them many occasions, such as this, spent together and surrounded by their friends! I wish I could be with them on this special event. Barbara Boni
80: Dear Renata You took the mantle of holding my hands patiently, understanding me beyond my laconic personality, introducing me to some of my good friends in the community and mildly chastising me for my faults. You have helped me shape into a person I am comfortable with and even if it sounds cliched I am eternally grateful, happy and lucky to have met you in my journey. Harsha
81: ARIGATO from Nobuki. Postdoc@harvard from 10/2000 to 9/2002. Photo with Jim and Renata in Jim's office 8/23/2002, and with my family 11/21/2010.
82: no one has been kinder to me, more helpful and more influential on my work than you jim. thank you. best wishes, nick beeler | Dear Jim, Many congratulations on your birthday. I wish I could make it in person to thank you for all of your encouragement and insights over the years. I look forward to many more conversations in the years to come. Best Wishes, Emily
83: To Jim - Thank you for your incredible scientific integrity and rigor and personal kindness -- the world can always use more of qualities like these! Gratefully yours, Karen Felzer | Dear Jim, Congratulations on this milestone birthday. More importantly, thank you for your many brilliant scientific contributions which have guided many of us for the past few decades. All the best, Mark Zoback
84: Jim, it has been a pleasure to work with you over the past years. You have been an inspiration in so many ways. Your insight and breadth of knowledge has helped push my own work in new directions. Your humility and generosity have been a constant reminder that through cooperation, we scientists can improve the state of knowledge and use our research to benefit society. I look forward to many more years of friendship and learning! Eric | Best wishes on your 70th birthday, Jim. Thanks for being such a wonderful role model for many years. Allan Rubin
85: Dear Jim, Since I first met you in 2000 when I visited with David and Terry your office at Harvard University, I have been impressed by your immense knowledge, your neat reasoning and something I do love of you, your kindness, elegance and ability to listen to the ideas of other (normal!) people, like 1-st year graduate students! Then I met you at the GSA Annual Meeting in Seattle in 2003. Was for a Special Session dedicated to pseudotachylytes: of course, you knew more than geologists did about these fault rocks! Any by chatting in front of a beer you introduced me to fracture mechanics and rupture directivity.... I have with me the coaster where you draw the fracture dynamics sketches! Few months later I met an engineer at Padua University: he jumped on his chair when I told him that I met you a couple of times: “Hai conosciuto Jim Rice? E’il Dio della frattura!!” (You met Jim Rice? He is the God of Fracture). In the Renaissance we had in Italy people like this, whose knowledge (and fundamental contribution) ranged in all fields: Pico Della Mirandola, Leonardo ... now there is one again. He works in the US, at Harvard University. One day I will tell yo my grandchildren “... well, yes, I met this guy” ! Thank you Jim, Giulio
86: Thank you, Jim, for your guidance and inpiration! It had been such a wonderful 6 years; and I hope many more to come. -Yajing | After Harsha’s defense, May 2007
87: Dear Jim, Thank you for the wonderful memories. At the first dinner at your place I tasted Smoked Salmon for the first time and learnt about the interesting relation between a kind of mustard and permeability. The dinner at Oxnard was a memorable one as well since it was after the last SCEC meeting there and this time I had shrimp salad for the first time. It was probably delivered by accident and only pride and embarrassment kept my jaws moving! Harsha P.S. You and Renata emphasized the 'Parentis' in 'In Loco Parentis' for me.
88: Dear Jim, Thank you so much for all the guidance and advice you have provided over the years. I don't think I will ever be able to thank you enough for the time and energy you have dedicated to our development as young scientists. I know that I could not have hoped for a better advisor, and I'm sure that all of your former students would like you to know how much we appreciate the profound impact you have had on our lives. Always, Victor | Harvard Commencement 2009 group photo (L to R: Rob Viesca, Victor Tsai, Jim Rice, Elizabeth Templeton, Nora DeDontney)
89: Hello Jim. I am very sorry I could not participate in this meeting. Also too bad that I cannot provide a very original photo: I believe it was "rue aux Ours" and you or Renata mush have taken the picture. I will always warmly remember the years at Harvard. Working with you was a great and rare privilege. I was once chatting with Yehuda about how good you were, and he had those words (not guaranteed verbatim, but pretty close): "*In a way*, he acts like a beginner." I never understood what he exactly meant, but I made some sense out of them some years later. One day I came to your office to ask you about materials with negative Poisson ratios. Apparently you had not heard about that; you thought for a few seconds and said something like "Well, from the second law of thermodynamics, the bulk modulus must be positive, so, indeed, there is nothing that prevents Poisson ratio to be negative." I will not forget either that you and Renata lent me your house. This saved me from so much trouble I cannot even imagine. Or, more likely, from sleeping in my office! With best wishes, Alain (Cochard)
90: Dear Jim, Over the past five years I have been lucky to have you as a guide in matters scientific and not. Thanks for teaching me so much and helping me prepare for everything to come. I will always look fondly upon our time working together at Stanford. Good luck to you on whatever you decide to tackle next. Best, Nora
91: Dear Jim, Happy birthday. It has been wonderful working together so far and I look forward to many more years. All the best, John Platt | Thanks, Jim, for instilling by worked example an attention and appreciation for good science—and good thought. It's a gift that permeates that porous medium of the mind. Rob Veisca
92: Happy birthday, Jim ! I think I was a lucky person who got an opportunity to collaborate with, and obtain advice from you. My stay at Harvard really changed my life. I deeply thank you, and it is difficult for me to express my gratitude in written words. So, I’m very pleased to have an opportunity to help Nadia organize the symposium and album (I’m lucky here again). My very best wishes to you, Hiro | Dear Jim, The more time passes since my graduate school, the more I realize how incredibly fortunate I was to have an advisor like you, both a truly exceptional scientist and a great mentor. It was such a treat just to observe your thought process that seamlessly combined the rigor of basic principles with the myriad of empirical facts to produce an elegant approach just right for the problem at hand. To take the leading role in that creation under your guidance was a life-changing experience. You had a very special ability to keep me on track with a perfectly timed advice, while patiently waiting for me to discover some
93: ideas on my own. It seemed so effortless at the time but now I realize that it was quite an advanced balancing act. Thank you for being such a wonderful advisor to me and many others. And thank you for being so incredibly kind. After studying your work from textbooks and hearing my undergraduate professors call you “a god of solid mechanics”, I was so scared before our first meeting. Yet you were so kind, so concerned with making me comfortable, speaking slowly and writing very clearly in that calligraphic handwriting of yours. I remember thinking that you must be the only person in the world who is so accomplished and yet so approachable. I saw that experience re-lived by a string of visitors. One of them thought that there were two, or perhaps three, Rices in solid mechanics, and he wanted to know whether they were all related, like Bernoullis. Some of the visitors came out of your office with ideas for several decades of work and some with realization that they had been rediscovering the wheel. But all of them were uniformly surprised and impressed with your gracious attitude. I look forward to many more years of being constantly amazed with your creativity, your energy, your intellectual curiosity, and your generous personality. I hope to have many more opportunities to learn from you and dream of perhaps even teaching you something one day. Happy birthday and many happy returns! Best wishes, Nadia