The Mineralogical Association of Canada has lost a founding father and an important mineralogist and crystallographer. Bob Ferguson was one of the 16 mineralogists who met at the Mines Branch on Booth Street, Ottawa, on 23 August 1954, to set up the mechanism for the founding of the MAC in 1955. He was president of the association in 1977 and honored with the Hawley Medal in 1981.

Bob attended the University of Toronto from 1938 to 1947 (BSc 1942; MSc 1943; PhD 1948). His advisor was Martin Peacock, a great mineralogist and a leader in X-ray crystallography. Bob was appointed...

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