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
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.