The Fields Institute Turns Twenty-Five 170725 Final book with covers - Page 92

70 Bradd Hart Fields at that time from England and was on a transatlantic flight on 9/11. It wasn’t until 9/12 that we got an email from him—he was being taken care of by a lovely couple in Gander, Newfoundland, who were letting him use their rec room. His was one among the many stories that went into the current musical “Come from Away.” Something small that made me feel proud was being part of the scientific panel when the Fields-CRM prize was awarded to Bill Tutte. Bill had been a prominent mathematician at Waterloo for years and was then in retirement. He was also not in good health, and the scientific panel made a push to award him the prize in the last year of his life. What I had not properly understood was Bill’s role at Bletchley Park during World War II. While some of my ignorance was due to the secrecy around these things after the war, some of it was due to the general lack of knowledge of a younger generation. I remember that Roy MacLaren gave a very stirring tribute to Bill at the Fields AGM dinner that year, and I was embarrassed that he knew more about this prominent mathematician than I did.