FONTPLAY "HALL OF FAME" SPECIAL AWARD

DR˛. LUC DEVROYE


IN LUC'S CASE, THIS AWARD IS FOR HIS DOCUMENTATION
OF FONT-RELATED INFO. I HAVE LOST TRACK OF THE NUMBER
OF TIMES THAT I WAS RESEARCHING SOMETHING; LOOKING FOR
THE STATUS OF A FONT, OR FINDING THE URL FOR A FONTMAKER
OR FOUNDRY, AND THE SEARCH ENDED WITH A LINK ON HIS PAGES.
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“Every type enthusiast in this day and age, whether they realize it
or not, owes oodles of their passion about type to Luc Devroye.
The font encyclopedia that Luc makes available on McGill's web is
by far the most comprehensive record of what happened and is
happening in the world of fonts. For thousands of people, the in-
ternet would simply not have been the same without Luc's pages.
No matter how you fit, or don't fit, in the font scene, there is
something for you on Luc's site.” - Apostrophe
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“I've often heard it said that one measure to judge the vitality and

quality of life of a university or a locality is its library, particularly by

its available reference library in general and reference librarians in

particular. If that is indeed the case then the typographical community

is doing very well indeed thanks to the wonderful work of Luc Devroye.

It did not take me long, after first discovering it many years ago, to

realize that venturing anywhere else on the Web for information re-

garding anything to do with typography was absolutely  pointless.

Search engines, commercial and free font sites, friends recommend-

ations etc....nothing has ever turned up via any other source that

isn't somehow documented and reviewed by Luc.

 

It has been such a time saver to read his expert abstracts and distilling

of the information offered by other sites. His site has not tried to push

any particular viewpoint down the visitors' throat, rather it has encour-

aged and enabled all to explore and learn about a subject so rich in history.

In this age on information overload, where conflicting statements on the

Web are presented as the "gospel truth" by a variety of site authors, it

is comforting to know that there is always one refuge you can go to where

there is no agenda other than the love of type. In addition, one could never

find a site better maintained; in all my many hundreds (thousands??? <g>)

of trips to it I can never recall when it has not been updated within the

previous 24 hours. That, to me, is dedication supreme.


Does Luc warrant inclusion in the "Hall Of Fame" pages?? They would be

the "Hall Of Shame" pages if he were left out. To Dr. Devroye I can only

say thank you, thank You.” - Mark Johansson

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“Thanks to Luc I learned how to use mathematics as a tool to

create beautiful characters and fonts with. Design based on

numbers. A la bonheur, monsieur le professeur!” - Manfred Klein
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“I admire Luc for being such an incredible multi-talent. He is an
efficient information seeker and nobody does a better job when
it comes to locate font-related data in the web. He is not only
a math genius, but also a language artist - English, French,
some Flemish slang and even German is no problem for him.
And if we look at his Japanese font-names it seems he even
knows how to handle that language! He deserves a very
special honoring page because he is the hardest working
font-guy I know (together with Apostrophe). And he does
it in a very scientific way; that's why he is so well organized”
;-)  CybaPee
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“LUC DEVROYE has provided the most invaluable source for all font
enthusiasts and type collectors everywhere.  Truly Omnia, Omnibus,
Ubique.  Well done!” - Paul Lloyd
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Luc's Bio taken from his site:

Born in Tienen, Belgium, too long ago. Grew up in Tienen and went

to the University of Leuven (Belgium). Got married to Bea. Studied

for two years at Osaka University (Japan). Obtained a Ph.D. degree

from the University of Texas in 1976 under the supervision of Terry

Wagner, with a thesis entitled Nonparametric Discrimination and

Density Estimation. Joined the School of Computer Science at

McGill University in 1977 as a young snotnose. Currently Prof. of

Computer Science and associate member of the Department of

Mathematics and Statistics at McGill. Never had another job.

Thanks to a wonderful bunch of colleagues, still hanging in there.

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What he fails to mention is that he is apparently world renown in

his field (statistics), and was just honored in Belgium's Institute

of Statistics: In 2002 the Institute of Statistics will celebrate

its tenth anniversary. A “Doctor Honoris Causa” degree will be

offered to Luc Devroye on May 21 in the afternoon.

 

And he is the widely acclaimed author of "The series method

in random variate generation and its application to the Kolmogorov-

Smirnov distribution", and who can forget “The uniform convergence

of nearest neighbor regression function estimators and their

application in optimization,".  But my favorite was "The strong

uniform consistency of nearest neighbor density estimates,".

 

It explained many things that were troubling me. - OK, just

kidding, but he did write those things, and many more with

equally consternating titles.

 

“So all these font facts are apparently in good hands.” - Dennis

: )

 
FONT: DEVROYE BY APOSTROPHE
FONTPLAY & PHOTO BY TAMMY
 
 

Here is the link to Luc's font page

 
Here are his amazing Dingbats
 
One by Manfred called LucSan Faces in the picture section
 
FontPlays using Luc's Dingbats & Fonts
 
(background: is Luc's Dingbat Nikkoo - in the * position)