John Graham Ramsay

The passing of another pillar of the modernisation of Earth Science is a cause for sadness and I extend my condolences to John’s family.  Yet, it is also a chance to acknowledge the huge contribution he made to introducing concepts from other branches of science to help understand and explain the plethora of observational data that had been accumulated by field geologists.  Along with Neville Price and Bill Fyfe he changed totally my outlook on Earth Science.  From the time as an undegraduate at Manchester University, when we were told to study “Ramsay” (as his seminal book on the folding and fracturing of rocks was known) through the time I joined Imperial College as a research student, it was clear that the Structural Geology Section at Imperial, for me, was the most exciting place to furher study Earth Scence.  Although John left Imperial not long after I joined, his influence was everywhere.  I was very lucky to have been there at a time of big developments in the subject and to have benefitted from the structures and facilities that he helped set up.  All things change, however, and John and others moved on to pastures new and fresh challenges.  I look back on those times with fondness and gratitude for what John achieved there.    

Barry Atkinson

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