Alexandr Dimitrievich Genkin, died in Moscow on 9th July, 2010, 19 days short of his 90th birthday. Alexandr made very important contributions to ore mineralogy, the study of platinum-group minerals (PGM), and the mineralogy and genesis of the Noril’sk ores since 1949. This is when he joined the Institute of Geology of Ore Deposits, Petrography, Mineralogy, and Geochemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences (IGEM RAS) in Moscow, following service in the Soviet army during WWII, where he was wounded and captured by opposing forces, ending up with a crippled right arm. A student of Academician A.G. Betekhtin, he was amongst...

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