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Citation for presentation of the 1999 C. C. Patterson Award to R. Lawrence Edwards

Wasserburg, G. J. (2000) Citation for presentation of the 1999 C. C. Patterson Award to R. Lawrence Edwards. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 64 (4). pp. 755-757. ISSN 0016-7037. doi:10.1016/S0016-7037(99)00412-3.

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Mr. President, Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen: I received an urgent message that Larry Edwards had telephoned with a request that he should be called at work or at home. My first thought was—what in Heaven’s name was wrong? When I reached him, he informed me that nothing was wrong. He was to be awarded the Patterson medal and asked if I would introduce him. That was wonderful news and I was most pleased to accept this happy task. It is a privilege and a delight for me to introduce R. Lawrence Edwards who is to be the recipient of the C. C. Patterson award of the Geochemical Society. This award is for a recent, innovative breakthrough in environmental geochemistry. Having known Claire Patterson since 1948, I have some basis of guessing what his views of Larry Edwards’ contributions would be. I think Pud would point a very long, bony finger at Larry Edwards’ face and say, "Edwards, you know I don’t like engineers and technologists—but—you have made a scientific breakthrough and do wonderful science," and then he would shove the long, bony finger into Larry’s chest and say, "You are a poet and a scientist."

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Official Citation:G.J Wasserburg, Citation for presentation of the 1999 C. C. Patterson Award to R. Lawrence Edwards, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Volume 64, Issue 4, February 2000, Pages 755-757, ISSN 0016-7037, (
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