Mr. President, Ross, Ladies, and Gentlemen:

I can hardly find the words to express my happiness for the honor of being selected for the Mineralogical Society of America Award. This award is so prestigious that I could not believe Michael Carpenter when he phoned me last year from Denver to inform me of the decision of the MSA council. I knew Michael too well to think that it could be a joke; nevertheless I spent the rest of the day in a sort of absent-minded state thinking about all the famous scientists who obtained the award before me and wondering...

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