First of all it gives me great pleasure and it is an honor to present my mentor and my friend, Professor Victor Drits, for the most prestigious award that the Clay Mineral Society gives its members: The Distinguished Member Award.
Victor A. Drits graduated from Irkutsk State University, USSR with an M.S. degree in Physics and Math. Then, he spent several years working for this university and preparing for his Ph.D. In 1961, he successfully obtained his Ph.D. degree in Solid State Physics and Crystallography by defending his thesis in the Institute of Crystallography, Academy of Science, Moscow, USSR.