- © 2016 Clay Mineral Society
It is with infinite sadness that I write these lines.
I first met Udo Schwertmann in the spring of 1975. His department was seeking a scientist with experience in X-ray methods (XRD and XRF) and I was looking for a job. To me, a young upstart with a PhD and experience in igneous petrology and geochemistry, soils were something like ‘yukk.’ In the end, Schwertmann taught me to respect soils and practically all that I know about soils and clays.
First, the sheer size of this 2 m-tall, wiry man was impressive. Then there was the reserved dignity of the North-German Hanseatic gentleman: style without a trace of aloofness.
So much for …