President Large, members, and friends: Thank you for your kind remarks, Geoff, and thank you, members of the Society of Economic Geologists.

I feel very humble to be selected to receive the Penrose Medal. Most of the previous recipients of this award have been outstanding educators or researchers in the science of ore deposits. I am a prospector and explorationist whose efforts have been largely in the area of applied science. Often my success has resulted from rejecting popular dogma rather than attempting to apply it, and I am convinced that critical evaluation of both the field data and the...

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