Today my friend and office mate of two years, Georg Muntingh, successfully defended his dissertation for the degree of Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Oslo. In the morning, before his afternoon defense, he gave a very interesting and thoroughly competent lecture on a topic assigned only two weeks ago. All together the day was a true celebration, hardly an examination, as all present had no doubts of the outcome. Present were mentors, colleagues, family, and friends to welcome Georg formally into the Academy. A job very well done, Georg. We are all proud of your accomplishment.