The MSA Award is about “outstanding published contributions to the science of mineralogy by relatively young individuals.” Suffice it to say that in nearly all cases, we are talking about people who get this award for research done before the age of 35. Assuming a nominal retirement age of 65 and a typical Ph.D. age of 28, the age of 35 is less than 20% of the way through one’s professional career. Yet, have you looked through the list of past MSA Award winners lately? It’s a humbling experience. Anyone who has been around mineralogy for any length of time...

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