Ladies and Gentlemen: Thank you, Ulrich, for your kind words.

It is certainly a great and unexpected honor to receive the Penrose Gold Medal, the highest distinction given by the Society of Economic Geologists. It is particularly pleasant for me because of the appreciation and sympathy that I have for the Society.

I might mention here that I am the proud owner of a complete collection of the journal of the Society since no. 1 of 1905. How did I get it? In the earlier 1970s I bought an incomplete set from the Society. A couple of years later Prof....

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