Mr. President, Members of the Society, and Guests:

I am most grateful to the Mineralogical Society of America and to my many teachers, colleagues, students, and friends who made this award possible. I am the luckiest person in the world! How many of you have such fortune to have my Ph.D. advisor as lifetime friend, colleague, boss, coach, and mentor for nearly half a century to give such a wonderful introduction? Indeed, Gary, thanks for your kind words and for your nomination, and to Gordon Brown, Doug Rumble, Harry Green, Nick Sobolev, Shige Maruyama, and Brad Hacker for support to...

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