- © 2004 American Mineralogist
Mr President, Members of the society, and guests
Thank you very much for the kind words, Jay, and let me just say that it is a great honor and a great pleasure to be recipient of this year’s MSA award. I am not at all confident about the extent to which I deserve this recognition. Be sure I am extremely honored to be added to the list of previous recipients.
Needless to say that there are many people to whom I owe my deepest thanks. I can only mention here few of them, and I will begin with two friends who came to see me receive this award, Jay Bass from Urbana-Champaign and Dan Farber from Livermore. Thank you for being here.
It is a strange and somehow random walk that led me here today. In my early years, I was indeed close to signing up for a school for cooks. My parents finally convinced me to follow a more serious and conventional track, which began at University of Lyon with a general program in Life and Earth sciences. After discovering how fish could breathe in water and the …