Dr Pawley, I am pleased to present you with the 1999 Max Hey Medal for research of excellence carried out by a young worker within the fields of mineralogy, crystallography, petrology or geochemistry.

You graduated from Cambridge in 1986 and moved to Edinburgh to complete, in 1990, your PhD on the stability of amphiboles that are found in blueschists, using experiments and determining enthalpy and entropy data. I too have a soft spot for amphiboles and I’m sure we would agree (even if no-one else here does) with Gary Ernst’s outrageously entitled paper – ‘Hornblende, the Continent maker’! You became...

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