NOTE: In some jurisdictions, in order to use my sperm, we have to form a regular couple. Such a relationship can be based on a verbal agreement. Marriage is not necessary. The clinic would see us as partners, and I would be formally seen as father to any child conceived. I am willing to assume the required responsibility and go through with the process.
-- What other languages do you speak?
English, French, German, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, Latin
-- What did you do immediately after school?
Got a driving license, build a house and wrote a book.
The house was very small and the point of the exercise was to fit the building cost in a very small budget, which I succeeded, but it did take me more time than planned -- the roof was up before the end of the summer, but I was well into my second year at university by the time I finished.
I slept in my house for only one night before I left my country to study abroad and only returned to visit since. My family still use it.
-- What are your hobbies and interests?
Politics, writing, playing the real estate market
-- Do you have any specific talents?
I have a good hand at predicting the future. Comes in handy when you have to choose how to invest.
-- Do you play any musical instruments?
Got a guitar. Bought it from Aldi.
-- Which sports do you like to participate in?
Skiing, swimming, rock climbing
-- What are your favorite foods?
Wild cherries from the top branches of old trees.
-- Do you follow any diet? (Vegans, Vegetarian ect.)
Food is often a way to experience life and culture and it's never been my style to shy away from exploring. I've even tried Icelandic rotten shark and an African insect salad. On both occasions, the interesting bit was the people I've shared the food with.
-- What is your favorite color?
-- What is your favorite music?
-- What is your favorite movie?
-- What is your favorite animal?
Goat. Had one called Genius. She even learned to open the door with her mouth in order to steal food from the kitchen.
-- To where would you like to travel and why?
The Moon. It's easy. We really should go.
I drove on Mars already. It was a remote controlled rover though and only 20 cm. Took me one hour. I did it as part of a field trip with a group of students I was teaching.
-- Describe things you like the most about your own country:
The fantastic mix of mathematics and freedom. The freedom I had in my family as a child despite living in a world where there was so little freedom. Maybe I was free to run my grandparents lives because their freedom had already been taken away by communism. I was also surprisingly free to skip school and stay home to train for the Math Olympiad, which was the foundation of my future career. I would have never made it to America if I had to go to school every day.
-- If volunteer what would it be?
I guess I'm here as a volunteer. What, if not love for others, can make a man do what I just did?
-- What is your most memorable childhood experience?
When grandpa left us. He died in my arms. He was a great mentor and teacher for five generations of children in my family -- starting with his youngest sister and ending up with me an my sister. Unlike grandma who was only a mathematician, grandpa had studied engineering in Berlin before his wings were clipped short by communism and he became a teacher.
Grandpa used to teach to the soul, not the mind. For him, teaching was about building the need for knowledge and not providing the knowledge.
Even at 89, his mind just gone, just a short time before the very end, he'd still find peace in having me by his bed, doing math.
The man who taught me how to write
and made me ask what make starts bright,
now wasn't sure who I was
nor what a calculation does,
but he'd find comfort in the feeling
of a mystery unraveling
a problem being solved
a model build
and doing one last time what we always did
Our last time together.
When we took grandpa on his last journey we walked behind the priest, the horses and the carriage, and grandma cried, but not for grandpa. She cried her child she lost half a century earlier. Was the same grave.
"Grandpa was old", she said.
-- Which values are important to you?
Mathematics and Freedom
-- How would you describe your personality?
Somehow I manage to stay happy. I wonder if that still worked if life was easy?
-- Describe your strong sides:
Enthusiasm and courage.
I used to be the kind of student who can sit in a class and get the teacher to do it my way and publish it the way I want with me as a joint author.
I was also happy to go to a new country one way, without speaking the language, study full time and finish university with a few national firsts along the way.
-- Describe your weak sides:
I find it hard to follow rules, especially when they have no purpose.
-- What are you most proud of and why?
My contribution is obviously summarised in a few papers, the first of which is based on an idea and a piece of code I wrote with in high school, although didn't publish it until much later. I even had to go to my parent's house and dig up my old computer and used my ancient code to make one of the pictures in the paper.
It did take a lot of people to make the project a success and I only made a modest contribution to a big project, but many in the field have used my work.
-- What is your ultimate ambition, goal or dream in life?
There was a time when I thought I had a realistic chance of making this dream come true, but I fear I am too old and stuck in the wrong ways now.
This is the sort of problem that a 15 years old PhD student will probably solve -- someone who is educated enough to be able to articulate a calculation on the topic, but young enough to be able to innocently ignore some of the most fundamental and widely held beliefs in the community.
-- How do you see yourself in twenty years?
Or maybe I'll run for president. Got to think about it.
-- Why did you choose to become a donor?
There was this girl that I once loved. She was tall, beautiful and a fierce fighter who found peace and comfort in the most mathematical branch of theoretical physics.
I used to take her from her office on hikes through the forest. We'd search cherries and berries and swim in random ditches. I loved her, but wasn't good enough. There was another man who drank the right drink and said the right thing. So... we parted ways, I wished her well and went across the Ocean. She stayed in Scandinavia.
Just met again, a lifetime later. Sparked a few sparks of the old fire. I found myself feel sorry the love she's had with other men wasn't the sort of love that's meant to come to life. I'd give the world to help her have a child, but it's too late. Her boat has sailed. She's 43. I'm married (I know it's wrong, but wouldn't be a problem.)
She said she did consider going a clinic alone, but couldn't find the courage to go against the rules and the tradition.
I thought I'd go for those who find the courage.