Professor José J. Fripiat, the prominent scientist and teacher who contributed so much to the surface and solid state science of minerals and that of clay minerals in particular, died February 17, 2014 in Mexico City, at the age of 90. It is not too much to say that our community has lost one of the founders of modern clay science and one of the most versatile materials scientists.

Born in summer 1923, Pr. José J. Fripiat, graduated in 1946 from the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), Belgium, in chemistry. His master thesis was on the relationship between polarisability and...

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