Mr. President, members of the Society, and guests:

It is with great pleasure and considerable pride that I introduce you to the recipient of the Mineralogical Society of America Award for 2000, Quentin Williams.

A professor of Earth Sciences at the University of California at Santa Cruz, Quentin Williams has established himself as a leader in the field of mineral and melt spectroscopy. He has documented changes in atomic packing taking place in melts at high pressures, revealing why the physical processes of geochemical differentiation are distinct throughout the bulk of the Earth, as compared with the well-known differentiation processes...

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