President Fontboté, members of the Society, and ladies and gentleman: It is both an honor and a pleasure to introduce Professor Robert (Rob) Kerrich, an academic in the true sense of the word, as the 2011 Penrose Gold Medalist. Rob is a learned person and practiced orator with a wide-ranging general knowledge and holistic approach to his science. Throughout a protracted career, he has made massive contributions to the fields of ore genesis and economic geology by defining critically important questions, designing appropriate critical tests, and using state-of-the art technologies to make major inroads into an improved understanding of issues...

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