Mr. President, Ms. Past President, members of the society and guests, dear colleagues:

I am very honored and very proud to be the recipient of the MSA award. Thank you Dave for this wonderful citation.

I am honored because looking at the list of the previous recipients; a young scientist cannot but be impressed and startled by the list of names. Every “hero,” if you allow me the term, of an experimental petrologist or mineral physicist is in that list. And without false modesty, and I am convinced that this feeling is shared with many previous recipients, you always wonder...

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