Julian Goldsmith served as the president of the Mineralogical Society of America (1971), the Geological Society of America (1975), and The Geochemical Society (1965). Julian performed major research in mineralogy, was a beloved teacher and friend, and probably one of the best administrators in the history of the earth sciences at the University of Chicago.

He was a graduate of the University of Chicago and spent his academic career there. He departed from Chicago only during World War II to do defense research at the Corning Glass Works in up state New York. After the war he returned to Chicago...

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