Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland

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Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland began in 1876. Its main purpose is to disseminate scientific knowledge of the Mineral Sciences (mineralology) as it may be applied to the fields of crystallography, geochemistry, petrology, environmental science and economic geology. In support of this vision, the society publishes scientific journals, books and monographs. It also organizes and sponsors scientific meetings, and the society connects with other societies which have similar scientific interests. Some of these other societies are the International Mineralogical Association, the European Mineralogical Union, the Mineralogical Society of America, the Mineralogical Association of Canada, the Geological Society of London, IOM3, and the Society of General Microbiology.[1]


The Society publishes a variety of book series, and these are entitled the "Landmark Series", the "Mineralogical Society Special Series", and the "Monograph series". The organization also publishes scientific journals entitled Mineralogical Magazine, Clay Minerals, and the EMU Notes in Mineralogy and from 1920-2008 the Mineralogical Abstracts bibliographic database.

Awards and honours[edit]

The Society recognizes distinguished accomplishments through medals, lectures, fellowships and awards:

  • The Mineralogical Society-Schlumberger Award, given since 1990 through the generous sponsorship of Schlumberger Cambridge Research, is the most prestigious honour bestowed by the Society. It is awarded to recognize scientific excellence in mineralogy and its applications.
  • The Max Hey Medal, given since 1993, has the purpose to recognize research of excellence carried out by young workers, within 15 years of the award of their first degree,. The award is named in honour of Max H. Hey (1904-1984), eminent British mineralogist.
  • The Collins Medal, given since 2010, is awarded annually to a scientist who has made an outstanding contribution to Mineral Sciences. The award is named after Joseph Henry Collins (1841–1916), mineralogist and one of the founding members of the Society.
  • Mineralogical Society Lectures: Hallimond Lecture, George Brown Lecture, Society Distinguished Lecturer Programme.
  • Honorary Membership/fellowship.
  • Undergraduate Student Awards.


  1. ^ "About the Mineralogical Society". Mineralogical Society of Great Britain & Ireland. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 

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