Contributed by George Basbas, Editor, Physical Review Letters
I first met Bernd in 1961, but he didn’t meet me then. I took my first quantum mechanics course then from his book with John Powell. This experience marked me for life with a fascination for the subject which I learned to share with Bernd personally when he became Editor for Physical Review A. Guided by his demands that papers on quantum mechanics involve real physics, I tried hard to establish similar standards as an Editor for Physical Review Letters, but I found that Bernd was a lot tougher than I.
But together we rode herd on cats in their many manifestations in physics. I recall a sign in Bill Phillips’ lab at NIST: Curiosity-driven research killed Schroedinger’s cat. Well, let me tell you that Bernd had a lot to do with it. We will miss his strong hand, always applied in the most graceful manner. Working with him in the editorial enterprise for these many years has been a source of wisdom, pleasure, and reward for me. We all will miss him very much.