President Arribas, fellows, members, and guests: It is my great pleasure to introduce José Perelló as the SEG Silver medalist for 2012. José, better known to us all as Pepe, is a Chilean, currently resident—although only occasionally according to his wife—in Santiago, Chile. Pepe gained a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chile in 1982 and his master’s from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, in 1987. There he came under the Andean influence of Alan Clark who, by pure coincidence, began his academic career with the onerous task of supervising this citationist’s research in the Chilean Andes.

Pepe began his mineral...

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