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GeneralPassing away of a Finnish Grand Master

14th Jan 2020 15:01 UTCJouni Laurinperä

Yesterday I received news of the recent passing away of Ilkka Mikkola, from his wife. I'm sure many Mindaters are aware of Ilkka's enourmous, longterm contributions towards Finnish mineralogy and the micromineral hobby here - the latter quite rare at least on a serious, all-or-nothing basis.

The whole scene of "amateur" Finnish mineralogy will change with the departing of such a grand master who owned such deep scientific knowledge and intense love of minerals and their analytical identification. Personally, I think the word "amateur" ill fits Ilkka's
attitude and fire, his persistent dedication towards especially pegmatite minerals.

I am so saddened by the passing of such a dear friend (and also mentor) that much further words fail oneself at this point. May one be allowed the hope that Ilkka will find many interesting things to inspect, analyze and share ideas about also in the new spheres where he has moved to. Fortunately, memories can not be taken away from us, and these will be cherised for long.


14th Jan 2020 15:20 UTCDavid Von Bargen Manager

Very sorry to hear that. He was a member of mindat for 15 years and did quite a bit to improve our database in Finland adding about a third of the minerals at localities in Finland.

14th Jan 2020 15:24 UTCPaul De Bondt Manager

A great loss for all of us.

My taughts go to his family and friends.

14th Jan 2020 16:49 UTCPaul Brandes Manager

I don't recognise the name, but they sounded like a very important person in the field of Finnish mineralogy. Condolences to the family.

14th Jan 2020 18:27 UTCUwe Kolitsch Manager

That's sad to hear. We had corresponded and I had analysed some samples for him.

14th Jan 2020 19:56 UTCJyrki Autio

I was very sorry to hear about Ilkkas sudden passing.
Ilkka was a most enthusiastic amateur mineralogist, a link between professionals and us collectors as he knew both parties and also the biggest contributor from Finland in Mindat database.
I think Mindat meant a lot to Ilkka as he wanted to store and share to others meaningfull way the knowledge he had gathered about Finnish minerals and localities over the years.

We had planned a field trip to scheelite and cobaltite locality last spring when Ilkkas health was improving. A locality Ilkka knew from years back.
To my knowledge he had not been searching on the field for several years.
I postponed the trip because of my own goings while Ilkka took the effort to visit the locality beforehand in difficult forest terrain with his son to see if he still could find and point the exactly right spot.  The terrain proved so bad that they managed only with big difficulty return back to the road.
Our trip never realized because Ilkka thought late in summer, when I was ready to go, that it is not possible for him any more, especially as  intention was to search with UV in dark. I regret we did not do it when the idea first came up.
I think this one anecdotal story tells something about how kind and dedicated person he was.


16th Jan 2020 06:54 UTCErich Berger

Ilkkas passing was really sad news. I only met him once but over the last couple of years I was in regular email contact with him via our little group of Ilkka, Jouni, Jyrki and myself. Ilkka was immensely knowledgable in mineralogy and Finnish localities. His patience and generosity in sharing his knowledge was on the same level with his passion and encouragement to find new minerals in Finland, which he also supported by receiving samples and sending them further to his contacts in the scientific community. We lost of a mineral friend but also a vast amount of situated knowledge about Finnish minerals.

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