In 1985, Ernie Nickel retired as a chief research scientist from the CSIRO Division of Mineralogy in Perth, Western Australia, but retained access to the facilities of the Division as an Honorary Fellow. He was to enjoy a very active retirement, cycling to the CSIRO laboratories every day to continue his research and in particular his activities as vice-chairman of the International Mineralogical Association's Commission on New Minerals and Mineral Names (CNMMN). Ernie was to be very active in trying to tidy up mineralogical nomenclature, a task that was to occupy him for the rest of his life.

Ernest Henry...

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