The Pinch medal is awarded every other year since 2001 to recognize major and sustained contributions to the advancement of mineralogy by members of the collector-dealer community. This medal is named for William Wallace Pinch of Rochester, New York, in recognition of his enormous and selfless contributions to mineralogy through the identification of ideal specimens for study and through his generosity in making them available to the academic community. The 2017 Pinch Medal has been awarded to Dr. Peter Tarassoff.

Peter Tarassoff was born in Montréal, Canada, in 1934. He holds a bachelor degree in metallurgical engineering from McGill University...

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