Hazen named 2021 recipient of the International Mineralogical Association’s Medal of Excellence.

Robert Hazen is the 2021 winner of the IMA Medal of Excellence, which recognizes lifetime contributions to the field of mineralogy. He is the tenth scientist so named since the Medal’s inception in 2008. 

The award recognizes decades of Hazen’s research in high-pressure crystallography, studies of minerals and the origins of life, the development of “mineral evolution” as an approach to investigating the changing diversity and distribution of minerals through 4.5 billion years of Earth history, and his work in the emerging area of data-driven discovery in mineralogy. The medal will be presented at the July 2022 meeting of IMA in Lyon, France. Hazen will also present a plenary lecture at the conference. From the IMA website: