It was an honor and a pleasure for me to introduce Dr Keith Norrish as the 2001 recipient of the prestigious Marilyn and Sturges W. Bailey Award of The Clay Minerals Society, in recognition of his many definitive contributions to soil and clay mineralogy. Keith graduated from the University of Western Australia in mathematics and physics and then completed first-class honors and Master’s degrees using X-ray diffraction techniques. Later he obtained his Ph.D. degree from the University of London working with D.M.C. MacEwan. In 1948, Keith joined the CSIRO Division of Soils in Adelaide and, over time, obtained the highest...

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