John Graham Ramsay

I was a post-doctoral researcher at ETH Zürich from spring 89 to September 91, working with Neil Mancktelow in John Ramsay’s group. As a student, trying to find my way in structural geology, John was one of my science heroes, together with a few others such as Hans Ramberg or Win Means. The first time I met him I think was when I was invited to give a seminar in Zürich at the end of my PhD in Lyon. Seminars were in the room beside John’s office, and he would always sit in the front in his wooden armchair. I remember being both excited and impressed, but my stress went away rapidly, as John and his colleagues were kind and benevolent. I have only good memories of my 2 years in Zürich, and John was a formidable scientist, and a true gentleman. Many interesting, inspiring moments and discussions, many laughs, many smiles, a few beers… and even some Laphroaig sometimes 🙂

Although I hadn’t seen him for a while, his passing made me extremely sad. I feel grateful that I got to meet John during the first years of my career.

We will all miss you, sir.

Benoit Ildefonse

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