World-Traveling Freshman Puts Down Roots at Caltech

Having lived in some unstable places and growing up always on the move, Henry had to learn to cope with chaos. In 1997, his family was forced to evacuate from the area where they lived with about a day's notice because of nearby rebel activity. He believes this kind of uncertainty in his life led, at least in part, to his passion for math and science. "In a world where the future was never clear, I appreciated anything that displayed consistency," he says. "Math and science are beautiful pursuits because they showcase a supernatural clarity."