Dear Members,

I am very pleased that Max Schmidt of the ETH tonight receives the Dana Medal of the MSA, because Max and his achievements exemplify effective science. That Max should be honored by the mineralogical community is beyond doubt when one considers his accomplishments. Let me highlight three of them:

Max has been an absolute visionary in his ability to imagine new experimental techniques. More importantly, his expertise, focus, and insight have enabled him to turn these visions into reality. Few people have both vision and execution in this degree. Max’s development of a rocking multi-anvil and piston...

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