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In 1967 Phillips retired to Wains Way, Butt's Lawn, Meerut Road, Brockenhurst, Hampshire. Apart from acting as an external examiner to King's College London, he now had the time to give another short course on structural petrology (on 21-22 March 1968), and to see his 1970 translation of Sander's book through to publication. Reviewers of this text were agreed that few geologists not unusually fluent in German would ever have read a significant proportion of the original (N. R. 1970; Weiss 1970; Johnson 1971; Ramsay 1971) and for this reason alone, the translation of the embodiment of the philosophy underlying Sander's (and Schmidt's) life work was desirable. The task of translation was made particularly difficult because of the combination of Sander's convoluted style, local dialectal terms, and new words not previously used elsewhere and not always used as initially defined. Phillips enlisted the help of George Windsor of the Department of German, Bristol University, to assist him with the onerous task. Several times Phillips almost gave up on the Herculean task of producing a text suitable for publication, and the book was probably only completed because of the personal urgings of Weiss, Paterson and others who encouraged him to persist (Weiss 1970). Phillips took the opportunity to add a second bibliography of 168 books and papers (covering the years 1950-1967) to update Sander's original.

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Geological Society, London, Memoirs

The Life of Frank Coles Phillips (1902–1982) and the Structural Geology of the Moine Petrofabric Controversy

Richard J. Howarth
Richard J. Howarth
Department of Geological Sciences, University College London, UK
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Bernard E. Leake
Bernard E. Leake
Department of Earth Sciences, Cardiff University, Wales, UK
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