Of the many brilliant people whom I have had the pleasure and fortuity to experience Pierre-Gilles de Gennes is among them. His physical time on earth has come to an end and I am left with the question of what is human genius. Genius is your mnemoneutic contribution to culture. Perhaps. Geeks of the world, if your liquid crystal display is something that you appreciate, it is thanks to the work of de Gennes that our understanding of its workings has gained some significance.