Felix V. Kaminsky
graduated from the Lomonosov Moscow University in 1959 with an MSc degree in geology and from the Gubkin Moscow Oil Institute in 1966 with an MSc degree in geophysics. From 1959 to 1970, he worked as a field geologist and then as the head of a geologic field crew in Siberia, where he carried out geological mapping and exploration for diamonds. During this period he discovered and studied a new kimberlite field in the Ingili River basin. On the basis of the obtained data he received a PhD degree from the Russian Academy of Sciences in 1969. From 1970 to 1994, he worked at TsNIGRI, Moscow, as a chief research scientist in the diamond department. He found eleven new diamond localities, including non-kimberlitic diamonds in polar Siberia, Mongolia, Koryakia, Kamchatka, and Armenia. On this basis, he obtained a DSc degree in mineralogy and petrology from the Institute of Mineral Resources, Moscow, and published a monograph entitled Diamond Potential of Non-Kimberlitic Rocks, In the 1980s he discovered the first diamonds in the Archangelsk area, which subsequently led to the discovery of the world-class Lomonosov diamond deposit. In 1991, he was elected as a Member of the Russian Academy of Earth Sciences and established the Institute of Diamonds. In 1994, he left Russia and created KM Diamond Exploration Ltd. in Vancouver, Canada. He has since consulted for numerous Canadian companies and prospected for diamond deposits in Canada, Brazil, Venezuela, Ghana, Mali, Mauritania, Madagascar, and Saudi Arabia. At the same time as exploring for diamond deposits, he continued to work as a research scientist. His main fields of interest are the petrology of kimberlites and the mineralogy of diamond.
Richard Wirth is currently the supervisor of the electron microscopy laboratory at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam, Germany. After receiving his PhD in 1978 at the University Würzburg, Germany, he spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Metals Physics at the University Saarbruecken. Then he held research scientist positions at the University of Cologne and was the head of administration at the Institute of Advanced Materials, Saarbruecken and Ruhr-University-Bochum. In 1994 he established the TEM laboratory at GFZ Potsdam, which he has continued to develop by incorporating modern technologies such as the focused ion beam. His main research areas are micro- and nanoinclusions in minerals, structure and behavior of grain boundaries, and meteorites. He was awarded the GFZ Research Award in 2003 and was granted the W. F. James Chair in Science at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada, in 2005. In 2009 he became a Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America and in 2010 Fellow of the Geological Society of America. He was nominated as a distinguished lecturer of the Mineralogical Society of America for 2013-2014.
Anja Schreiber is the laboratory manager of the TEM sample preparation laboratory at GFZ Potsdam. She earned a degree as technician in chemistry at Schering AG (now Bayer AG) in Berlin. She began preparing foils for TEM use at GFZ Potsdam using the focused ion beam technique in 2008. Since that time she has produced approximately 3000 foils from different materials, such as silicates, carbonates, sulfides, metals, alloys, ceramics, diamonds, and fossils. In 2011 Anja Schreiber was awarded the GFZ Prize for Technicians.