Thank you very much, Nic, for the kind introduction. Mr. President, members of the Society, guests and friends: it is a great honor for me to accept the 2002 Waldemar Lindgren Award.

What influences a young person to study in the field of geosciences in general, and economic geology in particular? Certainly, there are many explanations for this decision, but it appears to me that personal exposure––often at a very young age––to rocks, minerals, ores, and mines is the most common driving force. My career choice was no exception. As a child, I had the full view of headgear and...

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