President Gemmell, Councilors, former Penrose awardees, SEG members, Conference participants and friends: It is my highest pleasure to deliver the citation address of Christoph Heinrich, awarded by the Society of Economic Geologists as Penrose Gold Medalist 2017. Chris Heinrich is one of the geoscientists who have most shaped fundamental science in economic geology over the past decades.

Chris started his scientific career on high-pressure metamorphic rocks in the Alps at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) at Zurich, where he obtained his Ph.D. in 1983 under the supervision of Profs. V. Trommsdorff and A.B. Thomson. In 1984 he moved...

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