Awards and Prizes

Hawthorne awarded chair

Frank C. Hawthorne, Distinguished Professor of Geological Sciences at the U. of Manitoba, has been awarded a Canada Research Chair in Crystallography and Mineralogy by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. This provides teaching relief and significant additional research funding for seven years. Frank is an authority on amphiboles and other groups of complex rock-forming minerals, the topology and energetics of mineral structures, long-range and short-range order in minerals, the role of light lithophile elements in complex minerals, crystal-structure determination of minerals, and complementary analytical techniques. He has described many new minerals, interacting widely with the mineral-collecting community in the process. His work addresses some of the most fundamental questions on the behaviour of solids in general and minerals in particular.