In my Von Hippel Award talk, I emphasized my connection to Arthur von Hippel since our meeting in 1960, when Arthur von Hippel was 62 years of age, but still spanning the last 40 years of his life. He was a Renaissance man with many broad interests. I also spoke about the work that was cited in my award and our overlapping activities. Professor von Hippel was a mentor to me in my early career, and he worked to advance my career behind the scenes. Even after his passing a decade before my selection for the Von Hippel Award, I continue to be influenced by his teachings about science, as well as about his enjoyment of the practice of science and the life of a scientist. Professor von Hippel’s views on the foundations of materials research have strongly influenced the Materials Research Society, and this viewpoint is also emphasized in my article and by my own research career, which has been recognized by the Von Hippel Award.