The School of Cosmic Ray Astrophysics owes its existence to the Great Statesman of cosmic ray science: Prof. Maurice M. Shapiro. Prof. Shapiro's vision for the School of Cosmic Ray Astrophysics was that the science of cosmic rays is intimately connected to all aspects of astrophysics. He realized that good natured interactions between the finest practitioners in all these disciplines would be a uniquely productive environment both for the established scientists and especially for the promising young scientists of the world. Since the first school in 1977 over 500 students have attended along with 80 senior participants and 110 lectures. That many of the lecturers once attended as students is testament to his success. Moreover all winners of the prestigious Duggal prize for cosmic ray studies have been students at his school.
The school's are characterized by Prof. Shapiro's warm personality that is extended equally to young student as to a Nobel laureate. It is however a school and Prof. Shapiro's incisive direct question and masterful comments ensure that the lectures are clear and informative. His own lectures display a mastery of communication that few can equal. The subtle mix of warm friendship and Prof. Shapiro's insistence on excellence in every aspect of the school creates an ambiance of outstanding productivity that time can not dim.