James Frederick Read was born in Manchester, England in April 1944, however, he spent most of his youth in Perth, Australia. Fred earned his undergraduate (honors) degree from the University of Western Australia in 1966. Fred stayed on at the university to study modern and Pleistocene carbonates in Shark Bay with Brian Logan, earning his Ph.D. in 1971. The entirety of Fred’s Ph.D. was published in AAPG special memoirs. Fred continued at the University of Western Australia as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow studying the Devonian backreef, Pillara Formation in the Canning Basin of Western Australia. In 1973 Fred moved to...

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