Mr. President, Fellows, Members, and Guests:

I am very conscious of the significant honor you are bestowing on me—and thank you, Paul, for your kind words, which were over-generous, but much appreciated.

After completing my Ph.D. at Cambridge, my first academic post was in Manchester. Alex Deer, the Head of Department there, has long been contemplating writing an undergraduate text book on petrological mineralogy and soon both Zack Zussman and I were invited to collaborate with him in this venture, each of us to write primarily on mineral groups on which we had personally carried out research. But it grew...

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