On 9 June 2006 Dr Enver Murad celebrated his 65th birthday. Enver’s name is inextricably linked with Mössbauer spectroscopy of Fe oxides and Fe-containing clay minerals, a research focus that commenced in 1975 when he joined Professor Udo Schwertmann’s group at the Technical University of Munich. Mössbauer spectroscopy of soil minerals was a real speciality in those days and little was known about soil Fe oxides/hydroxides, their properties or their genesis. Enver Murad filled this niche and transformed Mössbauer spectroscopy into a major tool for characterizing iron minerals. Presently, 112 articles in scientific journals, professional volumes and refereed conference proceedings...

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