rod-lens telescope during a lecture given there by Dr. Hopkins. Berci reported on this new lens system to Storz, with whom he had long been in contact, and then arranged a first meeting between Storz and Dr. Hopkins. Storz immediately recognized the potential of the rod-lens system even though the first laboratory sample of the rod-lens telescope that he examined was still inferior to the conventional lens systems of the time in terms of optical quality. Thus, two talented individuals—a scientist and a precision instrument maker—enabled urology to make tremendous advances in the science of endoscopy and cystoscopy. Dr. Hopkins died in 1994.