John, Pete, fellow mineralogists:

I am truly humbled by this extraordinary honor, especially when I consider the impressive list of past Roebling Medal recipients. Be that as it may, many, many thanks! We mineralogists celebrate scientific accomplishments with our awards, and far more of us contribute substantially to the advancement of the discipline than can ever be properly recognized. Thus, to be singled out for such an honor, one must be industrious, intelligent, and lucky—and if I had to choose, I’d go for the latter. As an example of my personal good fortune, I’ll talk about the glaucophane schist saga...

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