It is with great pleasure that I introduce Alexandra (“Alex”) Navrotsky as recipient of the Mineralogical Society of America’s highest honor, the Roebling Medal. I have known Alex for over 25 years, first as my Ph.D. advisor and mentor, and now as a friend and colleague. Alex is quite simply one of the outstanding scientists of our generation. Her research activities have centered on the thermodynamics and stability of minerals and ceramic materials. Starting as an experimentalist with a specialty in high-temperature solution calorimetry, she has since incorporated a diversity of other experimental as well as theoretical techniques to provide...

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