It’s unsettling to be in the presence of someone who is perceived as a rockstar in our field. Every time Professor K. has a question everyone holds their breath, trying to hear what he has to say and the speaker who is attempting to answer his question tries to make a joke, in order to diffuse the tension that arises from that strange little moment. Often a little mild defensiveness creeps in while addressing his question. Everyone is deferring to him.
And yet he seems down to earth, really humble. I wonder if he wanders around with the same kind of self-doubt that the rest of us have?