Dr. Chakhmouradian is an eminently suitable candidate for the Young Scientist Award. Since finishing his Ph.D., he has established himself as a mineralogist with an international reputation. He is interested in the petrology of alkaline rocks and in the mineralogy and crystallography of the minerals comprising these rocks. In particular, Dr. Chakhmouradian has undertaken significant novel work on perovskite-structured minerals and their synthetic analogues. Objectives of this work are: (1) to understand how the structure of these minerals is controlled by subtle changes in their composition, (2) to use perovskite compositions as indicators of the degree of differentiation of alkaline...

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