Last October the Physics Department of New York University at Washington Square played host to about 300—shall we call them luminaries?—in the field of luminescence at a five‐day international conference. It was the first time an attempt was made, on a large scale, to bring together researchers in the luminescence of organic systems and those investigating inorganic systems. As the chairman of the conference, Professor Hartmut P. Kallmann of NYU, one of the rare few who work in both fields, said: “I feel a little like a man who has two very good friends, but these two friends don't speak to one another.”

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