The scientific career of George Rossman is a work in progress. Despite all his contributions to original research in mineral spectroscopy and despite his inspirational role in the career of many young scientists, it is therefore most suitable to recognize him with a mid-career award. Simply put, to award George the Roebling Medal today would be to risk pre-empting the Mineralogical Society’s opportunity in the future to recognize for posterity all the work that we confidently expect George to contribute over the next decade and more. The Society therefore keeps its powder dry by selecting George Rossman as the ideal...

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