More than 50 years ago, at the University of Chicago, I remember Professor D.J. (Jerry) Fisher recommending Mineralogische Tabellen by Hugo Strunz as the best mineralogical classification system extant. He was referring to the first edition of the book, published in 1941. This was high praise indeed for a young mineralogist just 31 years of age when the book was published, and foreshadowed a brilliant career.

Hugo Strunz was born on 24 February, 1910 in Weiden in Oberpfalz, Bavaria, Germany. In 1929 he began his mineralogical studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität and the Technische Universität in Munich, obtaining a Dr. Phil...

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