So, a little later, when I was in Rome, I told Hadamard that I would be happy to become naturalized. Hadamard talked to someone at the Ministry of Justice. There was a special law which allowed naturalization of anyone who had rendered important services to the country. It was decided that I had rendered important services to the country. A propos this, I remember something very amusing. One had to go to the Council of State, otherwise you had to wait five or six or ten years.
I went to the Council of State and a councillor of State called me.
"They tell me you are a very good mathematician. Are you like Pascal?"
"No, Monsieur, Pascal made a discovery when he was twelve years old, I wrote a thesis (a good one, it seems), but I was twenty-four".
"Do you know Langeron?"
At that time there was a prefect in Paris called Langeron. "No, I don't know Langeron."
"Every intellectual in France, every intellectual should know Langeron. He is one of the greatest physicists in the world".
"You mean Monsieur Langevin".
"Oh, yes, of course".
I got engaged to Gladys in 1925, but I didn't want to become naturalized by marriage; once you're married it was easy, but I wanted to become naturalized before, because I could do it by the special law. I became naturalized on May 11th, 1926 and I got married on May 25th, 1926, as a French citizen. On the day of my marriage, I received a telegram to go to the Rice Institute. Lovett didn't know my address in Paris, but he knew Hadamard's address, because Hadamard had been there several times. Hadamard was a witness at my marriage and the same day, he brought me the telegram to go to Rice.
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