I thank Lee Groat for the opportunity to express my gratitude to the many people with whom I have interacted over my scientific career, I thank Elena Sokolova and Lee for initiating this volume, and all of you who have contributed your scientific work to this volume. I have had many students, starting with Lee Groat and “the V mineral” in the mid-1980s; then came Mark Leroux (garnet-anthophyllite rocks), Ray Eby and Peter Burns (Cu-oxysalt minerals), Jian-jie Liang (coupled Rietveld and structure-energy modelling), Mark Cooper (kornerupine), Dave Teerstra (K-Rb feldspars), Julie Selway and Christine Clark (crystal chemistry and paragenesis of...

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