President Arribas, members, and guests: It is my great privilege to introduce an iconic figure in our field, Robert O. Rye, who is the first Waldemar Lindgren Award winner (1973) and SEG Silver Medalist (1992) to receive the R.A.F. Penrose Gold Medal (2012). In my examination of Bob’s career, three things stand out. First, he is an energetic overachiever with great intellect that made his own luck. Second, he was fortunate to pursue stable isotopes when he entered the field of economic geology in 1963. And last, his integrity, unpretentious style, and friendship enamored all who were lucky enough to...

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