[MSA-talk] Sad news about the passing of Michael E. Fleet

Roberta L. Flemming rflemmin at uwo.ca
Sat Dec 9 22:14:41 EST 2017

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Michael E.
Fleet, on January 6, 2017, at home, with his beloved wife Joan by his side,
after an extended illness.

Mike Fleet attended Manchester University, graduating with a Ph.D. in
Geology in 1963. In 1964 he emigrated from England with his family to work
at The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada, in the
Department of Earth Sciences (formerly Geology), teaching mineralogy,
crystallography, geochemistry, and metamorphic petrology.

Over his 38 years as a Professor and 14 years as an Emeritus Professor at
Western, Mike Fleet published hundreds of articles on a wide variety of
minerals, using X-ray crystallography, laboratory synthesis and
experimentation, and spectroscopic methods. His research interests
encompassed metal sulfides, geochemistry of gold, nickel, and platinum,
boron, high-pressure silicates, rare earth silicates, mica minerals and

Mike published two books: Fleet, M.E., 2003, *Rock-forming minerals. Volume
3A, Micas* (Geological Society of London) and Fleet, M.E., 2014, *Carbonated
Hydroxapatite: Materials, Synthesis, and Applications*. (CRC Press).

Mike was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1996, he was
honoured with a Special Session at GAC-MAC in 2004, followed by a Special
Volume of Canadian Mineralogist, *S3: Sulfides, Structures and Synchrotron
Light:  A Tribute to Michael E. Fleet* (2005) *Canadian Mineralogist*, 43
(Vol. 5), and he was made an Honorary Professor at Jilin University in
Changchun, China in 2006.

Apatite was one of Mike's most recent passions. He was a keynote speaker at
the apatite session at Goldschmidt 2014 in Sacramento, the same year his
book on *Carbonated Hydroxyapatite* was published. His most recent
publication came out in 2017:  Fleet, M.E., 2017, Infrared spectra of
carbonate apatites: Evidence for a connection between bone mineral and body
fluids. *American Mineralogist*, 102 (1): 149-157.

Mike Fleet had a wonderful and rich academic life, working with many
talented students and other academics in Canada and across the globe; he
liked nothing better than fierce academic debate. We will miss his dry wit.

Roberta L. Flemming
Associate Professor
Department of Earth Sciences
University of Western Ontario
1151 Richmond Street
London, ON, N6A 5B7
Phone: 519-661-3143; Fax: 519-661-3198
email: rflemmin at uwo.ca
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