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Presentation of the Roebling Medal of the Mineralogical Society of America for 2002 to Werner Schreyer

Wyllie, Peter J. (2003) Presentation of the Roebling Medal of the Mineralogical Society of America for 2002 to Werner Schreyer. American Mineralogist, 88 (5-6). pp. 936-937. ISSN 0003-004X.

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Mr. President, distinguished mineralogists, and guests, I was delighted when Werner Schreyer asked me to be his citationist, because I admire him for his scholarship, for his dogged pursuit of the perfect experiment seeking exquisite minerals, and for his application of experimental mineralogy to petrological problems. Werner and I have had parallel lives in experimental petrology, following paths that have converged from time to time, and with each convergence has come growing respect and friendship. But as a schoolboy in the 1940s, I hated Werner Schreyer, and I’m sure that he hated me. We were receiving bombs from our respective air forces in Germany and England, and wartime propaganda is a powerful opinion-shaper. One of the exercises in my school’s Air Training Corps was aircraft recognition, identifying the silhouettes of German aircraft, and Werner probably was expert in the same exercise as a member of the “Hitlerjugend”.

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