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Pinch Medal

The Pinch medal is awarded every other year since 2001 to recognize major and sustained contributions to the advancement of mineralogy by members of the collector-dealer community.

This medal is named for William Wallace Pinch of Rochester, New York, in recognition of his enormous and selfless contributions to mineralogy through the identification of ideal specimens for study and through his generosity in making them available to the academic community.

Nominations for the 2023 medal will be accepted until October 10th, 2022

Please submit your nominations to:
Andrew Conly
Department of Geology
Lakehead University
955 Oliver Road
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1
Phone: 807-343-8463, 807-346-7823
E-mail: by December 31

Each nomination should consist of a letter describing in detail the contributions of the nominee and a list of publications resulting from the nominee’s contributions (the nominee is not required to be an author of these publications); additional supporting letters are welcome.

The medal will typically be awarded at the TUCSON GEM AND MINERAL SHOW, following the selection of the recipient by the award committee and approval by MAC Council.

Georges Favreau (2021)
Gail Dunning (2019)
Peter Tarassoff (2017)
Joe Marty (2015)
Renato and Adriana Pagano (2013)
Alf Olav Larsen (2011)
Roy Kristiansen (2009)
Laszlo (Les) Horvath and Elsa Pfenninger-Horvath (2007)
Charles L. Key (2005)
Mark Feinglos (2003)
William Pinch (2001)

We are in the process of finalizing a new system for 2023 membership and subscription renewals. This will be available soon.