- © 2006 American Mineralogist
Mr. President, members of the society, and guests:
It is my pleasure to present Robin Brett for the Distinguished Public Service Medal of our Mineralogical Society of America. There is a remarkably close match between his lifetime of Public Service efforts, and a section in the “Description of the Award” that specifies: “extraordinary service to national or international science societies.”
This nomination is inspired by Robin’s repeated and continuing excursions into national and international science with public ramifications, including NASA, NSF, AGU, IUGG, GSA, IGC, IUGS, USGS, and ICSU, where he has served us all in vigorous style. I should add that while pursuing a career with the USGS and NASA, Robin has produced a publication list that also establishes his credentials as a distinguished mineralogist and geochemist.
Robin Brett came from Australia working his way to a 1963 Ph.D. at Harvard as a Teaching Fellow in ore microscopy and mineral deposits. From 1961–1964 he was a Fellow at the Geophysical Laboratory, Washington, generating a series of articles on sulfide textural assemblages and phase equilibria in sulfide systems within Cu-Fe-Pb-S (1962–1969). In 1964 he joined the U.S. Geological Survey Branch of Astrogeology, continuing a long research career dealing with the mineralogy of meteorites, tektites, meteorite impact structures, lunar …