Ladies and Gentlemen, Colleagues and Friends:

It is an honor, both humbling and delighting, to receive the Roebling Medal, and indeed to have it bestowed by Nancy Ross in her multiple roles as citationist, MSA President, my Ph.D. student at ASU, colleague, and friend. It is equally wonderful to be surrounded by colleagues and friends of many generations. I thank you all for your support, stimulation, and companionship.

Rather than dwell on highlights of my career, I wish to consider our field, mineralogy, the study of inorganic natural products and their synthetic analogues. Guided by chemistry and physics and empowered...

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