It gives me great pleasure to present to you a brilliant scientist and my close friend, Prof. Boris Zvyagin for the honor of the Marilyn and Sturges Bailey Award. I think that it is very remarkable that he is the first recipient of this most prestigious Award of the Clay Minerals Society because Zvyagin has pursued clay structural mineralogy along a path parallel to the one pursued by Prof. Bailey. Each of them blazed new trails in clay mineralogy, and I can say that a modern level of our knowledge of crystal structures and crystal chemistry of layer silicates and...

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