Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen:

It was a pleasant surprise when Tiziana asked me to introduce her as the recipient of the MSA award for 2005, as she has worked with many excellent mineralogists and crystallographers who have influenced and guided her career more than I. Indeed, I suspect I have learnt more from Tiziana than she has from me.

Like many senior crystallographers, Tiziana comes from a farming background, having grown up in the small village of Sella di Tavigliano on the flanks of the Piemontese Alps in northern Italy. Mineralogists know this area better as the Ivrea zone,...

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