Mervyn Paterson

From Chris Wilson:

Mervyn was a true gentleman, who inspired many of us, both during and well after we completed our PhDs at ANU and well into our careers. My first contact with Mervyn was as an undergraduate from Sydney University, when Bruce Hobbs suggested attending a structural geology workshop in Canberra. Embedded in my memory, from those days as a young student, were Mervyn’s early inspirational gatherings/meetings at ANU with significant internationally respected scientists such as Win Means, Lionel Weiss, John Christie, Rob Coe, Rob Twiss and many others. These set of meetings certainly were inspirational and the forerunner of the Geological Society of Australia’s SGTSG. Memories of the informal discussion evenings that Mervyn organized with wine and cheese at ANU will never be forgotten. Mervyn’s visit to me at the University of Leiden in the 70’s and on the numerous occasions, when he would be in Melbourne. These were always accompanied by some very fundamental and inspiring discussions about deformation. This happened again on one particular visit while I was there working with the Paterson apparatus in Zurich.

The legacy Mervyn left behind will always be remembered.  To Elizabeth and Barrie I send my sincere condolences. 

Sincere Regards,

Chris Wilson

Chris Wilson

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