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A Dream Program Becomes a Reality 95 approved funding in late 1991, at a level of $1M from each per year. The name chosen for the new institute was the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences. In early 1992, Jerrold Marsden, the new Director of the fledgling Fields Institute, informed me that the review committee liked my proposed program very much, and that it had been selected as the first year-long thematic program, to run from August 1992 to July 1993. The Program Committee consisted of John Chadam, Leon Glass (McGill), and myself. It would follow the start-up Program in Control Theory being given by Shadwick from January to July 1992, and run concurrently with a Program in Geometry being given by McKenzie Wang and Maung Min-oo (McMaster) and activities in Hamiltonian Systems by Marsden. I immediately started writing letters of invitation, thus turning my dream program into a reality. To my surprise, although the notice given was short, almost all the invitations were accepted. I obtained a leave of absence from the University of Guelph and was given an office at the University of Waterloo, in order to be able focus on this program. Keep in mind that everything was new at this time; most of us had never done anything like this before. Even the staff was new and had to be trained in the art of “nurturing” mathematical research activity. Thematic Program in Dynamical Systems and Bifurcation Theory The Program in Dynamical Systems and Bifurcation Theory rapidly took shape. It was decided that the emphasis in the fall semester would be Finite Dimensional Systems, Bifurcation and Chaos; the winter semester would focus on Pattern Formation and Infinite Dimensional Systems; while the spring semester would emphasize Applications and Computations. In the fall, two graduate courses were offered: Introduction