This special issue of the European Journal of Mineralogy honours the memory and life’s work of Werner Schreyer (1930–2006; see Seifert & Maresch, 2007, American Mineralogist, 92, 708–710), who through his own prolific studies and considerable energy and enthusiasm aroused the interest of petrologists and mineralogists in chemical systems that are both amenable to laboratory study and applicable to nature. Werner’s undergraduate and graduate education was in geology and petrology at the Universities of Erlangen and Munich. He received his doctorate at Munich (1957), and then held a post-doctoral appointment at the Geophysical Laboratory (1958–1962) before obtaining his Habilitation at...

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