Mr. President, members of the Society of Economic Geologists, and guests: It is my great pleasure, honor, and privilege to introduce to you my friend, colleague, and mentor, J. David Lowell.

Dave has been nominated as the 30th recipient of the highest award of the Society of Economic Geologists, the Penrose Gold Medal, for his outstanding contributions to economic geology. For more than 46 years, Dave has practiced his profession as an ore-finder, and is still practicing it; he has been described as the world's most successful exploration geologist.

Dave's success is easy to recognize but difficult to analyze. His...

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