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CHAPTER 27 A Program in C*-Algebras Escapes George Elliott “Among the thousand or so people who passed through [Fields] during that time ... there were two longer-term participants, Eberhard Kirchberg and Chris Phillips, who made an enormous impact on the C*-algebra classification theory that I had proposed a few years before.” I still haven’t recovered from the two-year Fields program on C*-Algebras 1 that ended twenty years ago. We got additional funding from NSERC and the Connaught Fund that financed a second year, which Fields was happy to run at the same time as the homotopy theory program, to which operator algebras is, after all, fairly close. Among the thousand or so people who passed through during that time (1994-96), there were two longer-term 1 C*-algebras arose from the mathematics needed for quantum mechanics and from there have been generalized.