Ladies and gentleman: This is a great honor. I feel very lucky to have a career as a geologist, especially in economic geology. It was Rick Sibson who pointed out to me that geology is the most exciting thing you can do with your clothes on. He’s right. The many interesting geologists with whom I have shared company with and the many extraordinary places I have visited have been my reward. To be the recipient of this Silver Medal is extra special.

I have some people I want to acknowledge, but to keep it short, the list has been trimmed...

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