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Since then, I had the privilege of having a number of papers authored by
Prof. Zadeh published in the journal.
He published one of his first seminal
papers in Information Sciences [2],
which was coauthored by E.T. Lee
and part of a comprehensive threepart treatise. He also authored another groundbreaking paper: "The
Concept of a Linguistic Variable and
Its Application to Approximate Reasoning" [3]-[5].
These contributions were a Rosetta
Stone of fuzzy sets, bringing a vision
of the area and pushing forward the
frontiers of research. Since my time
as editor-in-chief, I was able to fully
appreciate Prof. Zadeh's style of writing. His works are impeccable, lucidly
written, with a clear, carefully articulated message, and a great deal of attention paid to every detail. His most
recent original papers published in
Information Sciences can be found in
[6]-[11]. Papers that were published
just a short while ago that went far beyond fuzzy sets, both being inspiring
and innovative, can be found in [12]
and [13].
Now that Prof. Zadeh is no longer
with us, and looking back at all these
long years, I feel, today, as all of us
do, very fortunate and gratified by his
friendship. It was truly remarkable to
have the honor of receiving Prof. Zadeh's advice, support, and encouragement for so many years. I do believe
that his legacy will stay in the research
community; his visions will inspire
and encourage us to move forward in
exploring new, uncharted territories
of intelligent systems.

Prof. Phil Chen (right) introduces Prof. zadeh to the late Dr. gruver (left)
while Dr. Ferial El-Hawary looks on. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Keith Hipel,
University of Waterloo.)

Prof. zadeh in a conversation with Dr. Ljiljana trajkovic. (Photo courtesy of
Dr. Keith Hipel, University of Waterloo.)

-Witold Pedrycz
Cordial and Encouraging
After reading Prof. Zadeh's papers
in 1973, I wrote my first manuscript,
on interacting operations, and sent
it to him. He replied very cordially
and sent me his most recent work. In
1975, he came to Hungary, and I spent
a wonderful week with him and Fay.
Following that experience, I had
frequent communications with him,
invited him many times to Budapest,

(From left): Dr. El-Hawary, Prof. zadeh, Prof. Chen, and the late Dr. gruver.
(Photo courtesy of Dr. Keith Hipel, University of Waterloo.)

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