Academician Professor Ivan Kostov, the most senior (with H. Strunz) Honorary Fellow of the Mineralogical Society, passed away at his home in Sofia, Bulgaria, on March 31, 2004 a few months after his 90th birthday celebrations.

He was born on December 24, 1913 in Plovdiv, the second largest Bulgarian city, not far from the imposing Rhodope Mountains. Even in his youth he showed a wide range of interests and talents. Through his close contact with the mountains he was fascinated by their beauty and they ultimately determined his life’s calling as a naturalist. In 1936 he graduated in Natural...

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