Mr. President, Honorees and Guests, Members of MSA:

In 1976, George Harlow arrived on the scene of the American Museum of Natural History to set up shop as the resident mineralogist and crystallographer and take his place in the long and distinguished line of curators of one of the world’s great gem and mineral collections. I suspect that at the time he did not fully appreciate the breadth of responsibilities and opportunities that awaited him. From the specialized and often insulated world of mineralogical research, George had stepped into one of the most public mineralogy positions in the world. But,...

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