I (GB) never had a chance to meet Goldschmidt as I was only 3 years old when he died in 1947. However, excellent biographies of Goldschmidt by Mason (1992) and Glasby (2006) provide a detailed account of the career and scientific contributions of this remarkable man who is widely acknowledged as the father of modern geochemistry. In a lecture on March 15, 1929 to the Royal Institution at the University of Oslo entitled “The Distribution of the Chemical Elements”, and later in his classic paper presented before the Chemical Society on March 17, 1937 (Goldschmidt, 1937),...

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