The Mineralogical Association of Canada awards the Past-Presidents’ medal to scientists who have made significant contributions to the mineralogical sciences during their career. Kurt Kyser, the medalist for 2001, really needs no introduction, as he is known to nearly all of you, either personally as a collaborator in research or by reputation for his research.

The basic theme of Professor Kyser’s work is fluid–rock interaction. Within this general framework, in the words of his nominator, the breadth of his interest is staggering. Professor Kyser began his career by examining stable isotope distributions in mantle xenoliths. More recently, his interests have...

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