President Hitzman, members, and guests: It is with great pleasure and pride that I speak to you tonight about the extraordinary career and achievements of a truly exceptional person. John Gurney has earned this prestigious award from the SEG in recognition of an outstanding professional career that has established him as an internationally recognized leader in the field of upper mantle and diamond research and its practical application to diamond exploration. However, there is so much more to John than his academic contributions and in the brief time available tonight, I will attempt to convey to you a balanced overview...

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