George Brown Lecture

The George Brown Lecture (of the Clay Minerals Group), inaugurated in 2000, is named after the eminent British clay mineralogist, one of the founding members of the Clay Minerals Group. The lecture is given at one of the Group’s annual meetings, by a speaker who is invited by the Secretary of CMG, based on advice from the Committee. The lecturer is a clay mineralogist, academic or industrial, recognised as an authority in their particular field, and the lecture is published as a review paper in Clay Minerals.

Previous recipients of the award

(links give free access to the full text of the lecture as a pdf).

2022 23rd Yael Mishael  
2021 22nd David Manning Mineral stabilities in soils: how minerals can feed the world and mitigate climate change (link to video of presentation)
2020 (postponed to 2021) 21st Sabine Petit  
2019 20th Toshihiro Kogure
University of Tokyo
Visualization of clays at the atomic scale
2018 19th Steve Hillier
Hutton Institute, UK
Quantitative analysis of clay minerals and poorly ordered phases by prior determined X-ray diffraction full pattern fitting: procedures and prospects
2017 18th Peter Vrolijk and David Pevear
(formerly of Exxon)
Fault Dating: Motivations, Early Development, and Impact
2016 17th  Lynda Williams
Arizona State University
Geomimicry: Harnessing the antibacterial action of clays
2015 16th Balwant Singh
University of Sydney
Imperfect minerals can control soil fertility and geochemistry
2015 15th Sergey Krivovichev
St. Petersburg State University
Structural complexity of zeolites
2013 14th Jon Phipps
Engineering minerals for performance applications – an industrial perspective
2012 13th George Christidis
Technical University of Crete
Smectites and zeolites: genesis in similar geological environments yields unique and intriguing properties
2011 12th Javier Cuadros
Natural History Museum, London
Crystal chemical adaptability and transformation mechanisms
2011 11th Hendrik Heinz
Akron University
Clay minerals for nanocomposites and biotechnology: surface modification, dynamics, and responses to stimuli
2009 10th Joe Stucki
University of Illinois
Evolution of the Study of Redox Reactions of Fe in Smectites
2009 9th Paul Nadeau Earth’s energy “Golden Zone”: A triumph of mineralogical research
2008 8th Roger Parfitt
Landcare Research, New Zealand
Allophane and imogolite: their influence in biogeochemistry
2007 7th Dave Bish
University of Illinois
Phase transitions in 1:1 dioctahedral phyllosilicates; the importance of the interlayer region
2005/2006 6th Alain Manceau
LGIT Grenoble, France
Smectic clays: Nature’s own nanoparticles
2004 5th Cliff Johnston
Purdue University, USA
Probing the nano-scale architecture of clay minerals
2003 4th Jeff Wilson
Macaulay Institute
Products, processes and rates of primary mineral weathering
2002 3rd Victor Drits
Geological Institute Russian Acad. Sci.
Structural and chemical heterogeneity of layer silicates and clay minerals
2001 2nd Peter Komadel
Slovak Acad. Sci. Bratislava
Chemically modified smectites
2000 1st Alain Plançon
Université d’Orléans, France
Order-disorder in clay mineral structures